Revamping Global Health Governance in Post-Pandemic World

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Marking the world-shattering event, Covid-19 unraveled the lethal vulnerabilities of global health governance. It also exposed the duplicitous rhetoric of Global North which masquerades as humanitarian champion but didn`t mobilize multi-billion dollar global health architecture in response to Ebola or Zika virus outbreak in Africa. The director-general of WHO rightly asserted that “Coronavirus is a once-in-a-century pandemic”. It`s the brutal reality that despite the colossal multi-dimensional funding of global health security, International health institutions fell short of effective disease surveillance. These assertions imply that global health security architecture is in dire need of institutional rejuvenation.

To prevent any health cataclysm in the future, it’s imperative to chart the future course of global health governance. In this new Post-Westphalian health order, securitization of health must be accorded primacy in global agendas. To materialize this agenda, autonomy and self-sufficiency of global health institutes must be cemented at the supranational level. Financing by self-interested Great Powers engenders donor-driven fragmented organizational structure. American populist retrenchment under Trump inflicted a deadly blow to global health governance. Sustainable financing, a competitive business model, and apolitical appointments will reinvigorate global health organizations.

Furthermore; global health security doctrine must be sensitized to the health vulnerabilities of the global South. In an era of Joseph Nye`s “complex interdependence”, it`s impossible for the developed world to stay aloof from the health debacles of the developing world. Another hitherto obscured yet dangerous reality is that fatal pathogens thrived in wildlife and then via the “spillover” effect, infected humans. This illustrates the dangerous ramifications of human encroachment upon natural habitats. While lethal crises of past stimulated momentous human bipartisan consensus; the time is ripe to cultivate “Concert of Global Health Community” to pool global resources, knowledge, and technology and adopt an integrated management approach vis-à-vis future health emergencies. It`s high time to ponder upon how to pre-empt the medical holocaust in the future collectively, regardless of political differences.

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