Global Governance Capacities in Health: WHO and Infectious Diseases

  • Simon Rushton
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


Infectious disease accounts for around 26 per cent of all deaths worldwide (Global Health Council, 2006) and is one of the prime examples of a globalised issue requiring a global response. AIDS, for example, has contributed to more than 2.1 million deaths in 2007 alone (UNAIDS/WHO, 2007, p. 1). It has been estimated that a new influenza pandemic could kill up to 150 million people (Nabarro, 2005). With the various economic, demographic and technological changes which globalisation has brought the threat appears ever more acute (Saker et al., 2004).


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