Collection launched: 10 May 2019
Here we present a special collection exploring the intersection between governance and public health
Governance and public health are key pillars of modern societies. When governance is fair, effective, and equitable, levels of population health are high, life span is long, infectious diseases are controlled and the environment is protected. And when governance fails, public health crumbles. It is no accident that the last case of smallpox occurred in war-torn Somalia, or that measles is epidemic today in Pakistan and polio in Syria.The report in this collection of the journal by Matthew Kavanagh and Lixue Chen and the accompanying essay by Ambassador Eric Goosby demonstrate with great clarity that the relationship between governance and public health is bidirectional. Not only does good governance promote public health. Public health aid also strengthens governance. Kavanagh and Chan show in a review of data from 112 countries that long-term support of public health institutions in developing countries by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria strengthens societal institutions, reduces corruption and advances development.
These important papers show us once again that support for public health is not a cost but an investment in the future.