The challenge to know and control: Disease outbreak surveillance and alerts in China and India

Davies, Sara E. (2012) The challenge to know and control: Disease outbreak surveillance and alerts in China and India. Global Public Health, 7(7), pp. 695-716.

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Since the revisions to the International Health Regulations (IHR) in 2005, much attention has been turned to how states, particularly developing states, will address core capacity requirements. The question often examined is how states with poor health systems can strengthen their capacity to identify and verify public health emergencies of international concern. A core capacity requirement is that by 2012 states will have a surveillance and response network that operates from the local community to the national level. Much emphasis has turned to the health system capacity required for this task. In this article, I seek to understand the political capacity to perform this task. This article considers how the world's two most populous states,1 1. For the purposes of this paper, I use the word ‘state’ as a shorthand for the nation-state of China and India, or member state as used by the United Nations. View all notes China and India, have sought to communicate outbreak events in times of crisis and calm. I consider what this reporting performance tells us of their capacity to meet their IHR obligations given the two countries differing political institutions.

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ID Code: 72931
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2012.699538
ISSN: 1744-1706
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Deposited On: 20 Jun 2014 03:08
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2015 05:50

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