BMJ 2009;338:b1125
News Tessa Richards
Tessa Richards reports some highlights from the Chatham house meeting on health security held in London on March 10th and 11th 2009, where the “center for global health security” was launched.
Public health professionals need to lobby their governments to take action to reduce the impact of the economic recession and climate change on poor countries. Issues raised are: decreased food security, increased child death by 400,000 a year, failure to provide basic care in the poorest countries. A greater focus should also be put on indirect effects of climate change: malnutrition, diarrhea, malaria, infectious diseases, poverty, &c.


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