Introduction: The Shared Responsibility of Disease Surveillance

Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice

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Sara E. Davies, Jeremy Youde

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Sara E. Davies and Jeremy Youde, ‘Introduction: The Shared Responsibility of Disease Surveillance’, Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 7(7) 2012: 667‒9.

Arising from a workshop sponsored by Griffith University in July 2011, the articles in this special symposium focus on one aspect of the revised International Health Regulations (IHR) that depends upon multiple actors (states, informal actors and the WHO) cooperating and contributing to fulfil their shared obligation under the revised IHR: early warning surveillance. This collection of articles traces how these actors, under the revised IHR, have interpreted their responsibility to conduct surveillance gathering and early warning with the same objective in mind: to alert others to and contain a potential public health emergencies of international concern. The articles reveal that the separate obligations of states, informal actors and the WHO to the revised IHR cannot be realised without cooperation and coordination between them. When obligation is viewed as a collective rather than individual pursuit, there is a better chance of overcoming the old obstacles to global health governance.

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