While busy grappling with socio-economic and security challenges, we may witness apocalyptic consequences of a deadly outbreak or emerging health threat. The global health security is becoming increasingly relevant, as the outbreaks, in this age of connectivity and globalization, are not restricted to one country or continent. In this perspective, today´s discussion is timely and central to the global development agenda in addition to the notion of advancing global health security.
Health plays a vital role in producing skillful, efficient and productive human resource that contributes to the economic growth. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and in particular Goal 3, can only realize in conjunction with Goal 17. International cooperation to strengthening capacity building, based on the principles of mutual respect and equality, is a foundation of “leaving no one behind.”
We must act collectively and collaboratively. Sharing of best practices, assisting with research and training programmes, prevention, control, response, care and treatment, and partnership to improve health systems are a few ways for successful implementation of International Health Regulations (2005).
In developing countries such as Pakistan, the health systems are undergoing rapid change. Despite several socio-economic, political, and cross-border challenges compounded by successive natural catastrophes, Pakistan is committed to capacity-building of our health system to ensure the “right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.” Our Health Action Plans include training, recruitment and retention of sufficient public health personnel, and transfer of technologies, R&D with our development partners.
We would like the panelists to comment on how the shared future can benefit from transfer of technology and R&Das important elements incapacity-building of public health sector?