FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

Canada commits to global health security

Canada committed on Friday to being an active partner in preparedness and response efforts to address public health threats throughout the world.

Canadian Minister of Health Rona Ambrose made the remarks on Friday during the 14th Global Health Security Initiative's ministerial meeting in Rome, Italy. Canada was joined by other G7 countries, Mexico, the World Health Organization and the European Commission in a meeting and discussion on multiple global health security threats.

"Our government is committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians by sharing Canada's expertise with global health experts," Ambrose said. "International collaborations such as the Global Health Security Initiative help Canada stay ahead of emerging public health threats and respond more effectively when epidemics emerge."

During the meeting, the attendees discussed emerging infectious diseases, such as Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus and avian influenza A H7N9. Those on hand also talked about the importance of looking at antimicrobial resistance and the sharing of biological materials.

"(We are) confident that our efforts over the next year will continue to move us closer to collectively meeting these priorities, improving global health security, and addressing emerging issues," the GHSI members said.

Canada plays a significant role in the GHSI, contributing to surveillance, risk communications, laboratory capacity and governance.