The more that people and products move across nations as we becoming increasingly globalized, the more we increase opportunities for the spread of disease around the world. Further impacts of globalization on infectious diseases include: climate change and other environmental concerns, microbial drug resistance, urbanization, and breakdowns in public health systems.
Read the following issue brief on health and globalization:
Here is a summary of the brief:
Infectious diseases affected by globalization:
- Increased global travel
- Increased trade in goods
- Food-borne illnesses
- Climate change
- Other environmental concerns
- Microbial drug resistance
- Breakdowns in public health systems
The global public health system: International public health officials believe we need improvements in:
- Surveillance of new diseases and spread of current ones
- Improved sanitation and living conditions
- Price of drugs
Genetically Modified Organisms – very controversial practice
- Highly beneficial: Increased yield and hardiness
- Highly dangerous: Tinkering with nature
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Video - Introduction to Vandana Shiva
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Films Media Group. (2012). Introduction to Vandana Shiva. [Video File.] Films on Demand. Retrieved from: https://fod.infobase.com/p_ViewPlaylist.aspx?AssignmentID=U9SA5J
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