On June 21st, AHW Director and Chair of the International Health Department, David Peters attended a special Dean's Lecture: "The 'International' in Health" by Sir George Alleyne. Sir George was also awarded the Deans Medal by Dean Michael Klag of the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr Alleyne shared insights from his decades in public health about the distinctions and future of global and international health.
- Recognizing the new truth of global health, "we must embrace the notion of health equity along with its moral connotations"
- The three greatest future health threats (infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance and chronic non-communicable diseases) cannot be addressed by national action alone. Factors such as globalization and migration (voluntary/involuntary) enhance spreading of vectors and enabling practices. Inaccurate information and products assisting these conditions to flourish, do not respect national boundaries
- Beyond sectors of government, any multi-sectoral action must address the private sector and civil society which also have a role in international affairs
- Sir George advised JHSPH students and mid-career professionals to seek skills and networks beyond public health. He recommends that making impact at national or global levels will require knowledge of negotiation, international relations, savvy diplomacy, and strategic advocacy to influence the international cooperation essential to collectively address global health issues.