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UMiami: Global Public Health Protection Against the Spread of Infectious Diseases

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has awarded Dr. José Szapocznik, chair emeritus of the University of Miami Department of Public Health Sciences, and Dr. Jorge Saavedra, executive director at the AHF, a grant to develop a project on global health protection against the spread of infectious diseases.

The AHF Global Public Health Institute at the University of Miami, in a unique collaboration with the Department of Public Health Sciences, will engage in global public health policy analysis and research to generate objective evidence that can help guide improvements in public health policy at the global, regional, national and local levels.

Dr. Szapocznik and Dr. Saavedra propose to develop a set of principles on global public health protection based on a broad participatory process that will begin with the input of global stakeholders and informed by existing international accords and regulations, as well as barriers and facilitators to their implementation. At every step, input will help shape the document to develop a document built on a participatory process.

They will create a framework on the basis of which advocates can initiate discussions in their respective countries about the nature of a convention that might be adopted by all countries, make suggestions for a governance model and principles for responses, identify incentives that may be sufficiently attractive to encourage countries, academic entities and other non-governmental entities to adhere, as well as explore the right balance between sovereignty and global public health.

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