For the first time ever the G20 included global health in its official agenda. This is a big deal and an important step to establish the G20 as a forum for international development and to help people around the world to get the health services they deserve.
Now it’s time for the G20 and other countries to turn rhetoric into action and commit to tangible outcomes on global health.
We don’t know what epidemic will come next, who it will affect or how long it will last. What we do know is that there will be one. In today’s interconnected world, remote local health crises can rapidly and unpredictably become global, spreading faster than we can currently develop new vaccines or treatments and bringing health emergencies to previously unaffected and unsuspecting countries within days or weeks.
Epidemics like the outbreaks of Ebola, Zika, and Polio have shown us what happens if we don’t act fast enough and if we’re not prepared. Everyone is affected by such health crises but the poorest are hit the hardest as they have the least access to health services.
Sign our petition now calling on global leaders to put the necessary infrastructure and systems in place and invest in the prevention of pandemics.