LIMA, Peru, with nearly 150,000 cases of dengue fever and almost 250 deaths in Peru, it is yet another reason why world leaders must quickly work together to overcome disagreements and adopt a Global Public Health Convention. Only a global, binding accord can ensure actionable cooperation, accountability, and transparency among countries in responding to global public health threats and outbreaks such as dengue.
“Infectious outbreaks with a potential to affect entire regions or even the world are becoming more frequent and so we must strengthen the global response and national health systems accordingly”
“Infectious outbreaks with a potential to affect entire regions or even the world are becoming more frequent and so we must strengthen the global response and national health systems accordingly, said Dr. Jose Luis Sebastian Mesones, AHF Regional Director of the Andean Region and AHF Peru Country Program Manager. “Like we saw with COVID-19, in a crisis we need prepositioned stocks of medical supplies around the world, including personal protective equipment and insecticide-treated nets, along with accurate, timely epidemiological surveillance and reporting. We need regional and world leadership to raise the urgency of global public health security to a whole new level under the auspices of a new Pandemic Accord, so that we can better protect communities from emerging infectious threats.”
AHF has been working in Peru since 2013. Currently, AHF Peru in partnership with governmental health institutions provides HIV antiretroviral treatment support to 23,433 patients.