Advocacy

Developing and supporting the policies the world needs to fight infectious diseases, ISID’s advocacy program encourages collaboration between researchers, clinicians and public health practitioners in the global One Health community and supports the peer-to-peer exchange of scientific knowledge and the application of evidence-based medicine and public health best practice.

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We believe that ambitions to capitalize on the gains made in the fight against infectious diseases during the Millenium Development Goal era will only be realized if underpinned by strong, global partnerships; increases in funding and resources; better monitoring and use of data; and the development and wider deployment of interventions.

Amidst the growing consensus around the potential risks posed to global security by future pandemics and acknowledgement of the burden placed on public health by outbreaks of infectious diseases, we argue the case for:

  • A One Health approach.
  • Increases in public health resourcing.
  • Increased funding for researchers.
  • Improved public health policy frameworks.
  • Effective planning for infectious disease outbreaks.
  • Investment in infectious disease detection and preparedness.
  • Increased awareness of healthy behaviours and diseases prevention measures.
  • Ongoing professional development of practitioners.
  • Greater collaboration and communication.

We support:

  • The development of the specialty of Infectious Diseases as a national resource by all countries.
  • The role of low and low-middle income countries in international infectious disease policy development.
  • Access to antimicrobials and a fair deal in the global stewardship framework for low and low middle income countries.
  • Expansion of global surveillance programs for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.