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 What Global Disease Threat Worries Public-Health Officials Most?

Infectious-disease outbreaks not only have the potential to destabilize societies, they pose a threat to international economies, as well. What should public-health officials and businesses be doing to prepare?

Food And Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information.


Greenpeace exists because this fragile earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action.


UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child's path. We believe that we can, together, advance the cause of humanity.

United Nations Population Fund

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity.


WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.


While highly regarded, Canada’s health-care system is expensive and faces several challenges. These challenges will only be exacerbated by the changing health landscape in an aging society - Chris Simpson et al


Being in good health is one of the main concerns of European citizens. The European Union (EU) is therefore striving to attain a higher level of health protection through all European policies and activities, in accordance with Article 168 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

European Public Health Alliance

EPHA is an international non-profit association registered in Belgium. Our membership is composed of not-for-profit organisations working on all aspects of public health. EPHA''s mission is to promote and protect the health of all people living in Europe and to advocate for greater participation of citizens in health-related policy making at the European level.


“When the NHS was founded it was intended to keep the workforce healthy, reduce premature death and allow a dignified end for everyone,” said Robert Freeman, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon. “There has been significant mission creep since and the NHS now has a much broader scope with a focus on prolonging life almost irrespective of quality.”


The success or failure of any government in the final analysis must be measured by the well-being of its citizens. Nothing can be more important to a state than its public health; the state's paramount concern should be the health of its people - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

ANDEAN Health & Development

AHD emphasizes quality care, dignified services, and self-sustainability. It is AHD's believe that, as a component of social justice, all people have a right to access a certain standard of healthcare services.


In Spanish. Agency responsible for public health.


Australia's health system is world class, supporting universal and affordable access to high quality medical, pharmaceutical and hospital services, while helping people to stay healthy through health promotion and disease prevention activities.


In Croatian. Agency responsible for public health.

Czech Republic

In Czech. Agency responsible for public health.


Health care provision in Denmark is to a very great extent a public task, as 85% of health care costs are financed through taxes. The responsibility for running the service is decentralised, and mostly lies with the regional authorities. But in fulfilling this task they work in close cooperation with the Government and the Local Authorities.


The mission of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is to ensure the Finnish people a healthy living environment, their good health and well-being, adequate living and social security in all phases of life.


In French. Agency responsible for public health.


In German. Agency responsible for public health and welfare.


In Greek. Agency responsible for public health.


Agency responsible for the health and welfare of Japan's citizens.


In Korean. Agency responsible for public health.


Department focuses on disease control, family health, food safety and health education.


In Spanish. Agency responsible for ensuring the health of its citizens.


"Caring for people in a healthy society" - under this motto the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport develops policy in the fields of health care, social care and sports.

New Zealand

The Ministry of Health aims to ensure that the health and disability support system works for all New Zealanders. As principal advisor to the government on health and disability policy, we lead and support the sector to achieve better health for New Zealanders, and reduce inequalities.


Public supervision in Norway is about ensuring that health and social services are provided in accordance with national acts and regulations.


In Spanish. Agency responsible for ensuring the health of its citizens.


The Department of Health (DOH) is the principal health agency in the Philippines. It is responsible for ensuring access to basic public health services to all Filipinos through the provision of quality health care and regulation of providers of health goods and services.

Saudi Arabia

The Ministry of Health has established this website in order to maintain the best relationship with the public and utilize the latest technologies in providing the best health services.


Our vision is bo be the leading innovative authority protecting and advancing national health and safety.

Sri Lanka

To contribute to social and economic development of Sri Lanka by achieving the highest attainable health status through promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services of high quality made available and accessible to people of Sri Lanka.


The work of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs covers basic welfare issues and a broad policy field - economic security, social services, health and medical care, public health and the rights of children and people with disabilities.


The overriding aim of the FOPH is to promote and maintain the good health of all people living in Switzerland. On the one hand, it seeks to promote people's awareness and thereby enable them to take responsibility for their own health. On the other, it wants a general and consistent improvement of everyone''s health through health promotion, disease prevention and health protection campaigns and the curing of illnesses and alleviation of suffering caused by disease and accidents.


Agency responsible for public health.


Health protection is one of the priority directions in the state activity. Ministry of Public Health of Ukraine (MPHU) is a leading body in the system of central organs of the executive power for the realization of state policy in the sphere of public health, sanitary and epidemiological well-being of the population.

United Arab Emirates

The current vision and mission of MOH includes the following: unify the health policies in the country, develop a comprehensive nationwide health service, ensure health services remain accessible across the country and encourage all health providers excel in standards of excellence.

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