G7 leaders offer little commitment to tackle future disease outbreaks

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 11 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3189
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Health charities have expressed their disappointment that leaders of the world’s industrialised nations have pledged little in terms of real action to tackle global health crises.

Media reports before the G7 summit of the seven main industrialised nations in Germany on 6-7 June had hinted that world leaders would come out with a strong statement of intent on how to handle future epidemics and disease outbreaks.

However, the leaders made only vague promises, saying that they were committed to ending the current Ebola virus epidemic in west Africa and to preventing future outbreaks from becoming epidemics by helping countries to implement the World Health Organization’s international health regulations. The statement said that 60 …

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