Coronavirus (1229) Rethinking and strengthening Global Health Diplomacy in light of COVID-19

13 April, 2021

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Rethinking and strengthening the Global Health Diplomacy through triangulated nexus between policy makers, scientists and the community in light of COVID-19 global crisis | Global Health Research and Policy | Full Text ( [*see note below]



Mohammed AlKhaldi, MPH, PhD

Scientific Collaborator & Postdoc. Fellow

McGill University, Faculty of Medicine, Canada

Council on Health Research for Development, COHRED, Geneva

University of Basel, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland

Department of Public Health, Health Systems and Policies

An-Najah National University, Palestine

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Contact: +14383642611 ,

Hamilton, ON, 410 Elmwood Ave., Canada

HIFA profile: Mohammed AlKhaldi is a Scientific colloborator and Postdoc fellow at the Council on Health Research for Development, Geneva, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland; and Department of Public Health, Health systems unit, health policy and research systems, An-Najah National University, Palestine Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. , moh.khaldi83 AT

[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): Thank you, Moh. For the benefit of those who may not have immediate web access, here is the abstract:

'The COVID-19 pandemic is considerably the biggest global health challenge of this modern era. Spreading across all regions of the world, this corona virus disease has disrupted even some of the most advanced economies and healthcare systems. With an increasing global death toll and no near end in sight, questions on the efficacy of global response mechanisms, including the role and relevancy of global health institutions, have emerged. Using a reflexive content analytic approach, this study sheds light on some of these questions, underscoring the disconnect between science, policymaking, and society. Global health funding approaches; politicization of the pandemic, including political blame gaming; mistrust of government and other institutions; and a lack of robust accountability measures are some of the pandemic response obstacles. However, COVID-19 has also presented an opportunity for a collaboration that may potentially solidify global solidarity. A pandemic response built on strategic global health diplomacy, vaccine diplomacy, and science diplomacy can spur both political and economic benefits, advancing development, health security, and justice. The virus thrives and flourishes in face of political divisions and lack of cooperation. While the current global crisis has exacerbated the existing social injustices in societies, national unity and global solidarity is essential to winning the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.'

Selected extract: 'COVID-19 has highlighted the need for enhancing global coordination and collaboration.' I invite discussion on how to enhance global coordination and collaboration for global health. I would start by emphasising the critical role of WHO. WHO is the global leader in supporting coordination and collaboration. Never before has WHO been so necessary.]