The new global health

Emerg Infect Dis. 2013 Aug;19(8):1192-7. doi: 10.3201/eid1908.130121.


Global health reflects the realities of globalization, including worldwide dissemination of infectious and noninfectious public health risks. Global health architecture is complex and better coordination is needed between multiple organizations. Three overlapping themes determine global health action and prioritization: development, security, and public health. These themes play out against a background of demographic change, socioeconomic development, and urbanization. Infectious diseases remain critical factors, but are no longer the major cause of global illness and death. Traditional indicators of public health, such as maternal and infant mortality rates no longer describe the health status of whole societies; this change highlights the need for investment in vital registration and disease-specific reporting. Noncommunicable diseases, injuries, and mental health will require greater attention from the world in the future. The new global health requires broader engagement by health organizations and all countries for the objectives of health equity, access, and coverage as priorities beyond the Millennium Development Goals are set.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS and other retroviruses; bacteria; cholera; dengue; global health; global health development; health security; hepatitis; infectious diseases; influenza; malaria; meningitis; neglected topical diseases; parasites; polio; public health; tuberculosis; typhoid; viruses; yellow fever.

MeSH terms

  • Communicable Diseases / mortality
  • Communicable Diseases / therapy
  • Delivery of Health Care / economics
  • Delivery of Health Care / methods
  • Delivery of Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Developed Countries
  • Global Health*
  • Healthcare Disparities*
  • Humans
  • Public Health