New global health and tackling epidemics report released by G7

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office in conjunction with the Department of Health and Social Care has released a report that outlines the status of global health collaboration, with the report published ahead of some of the meetings of the G7 event. 

The 100-page ‘G7 Carbis Bay Progress Report’ analyses the G7’s commitments to improve global healthcare systems, increase collaboration between nations, and address healthcare issues in lower – middle income countries.

The next two days will see health ministers from around the world meet in Oxford to discuss the biggest challenges that threaten global health security.  

Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Dominic Raab, said: “The report shows that G7 members are working together to supercharge global health security, including recruiting 19,000 ‘disease detectives in over 80 countries to help tackle outbreaks before they become epidemics.

 “Under the UK’s presidency, G7 foreign and development ministers committed to supporting COVAX to deliver COVID vaccines globally, reaching 127 countries and territories so far. And the UK is working with the World Health Organization to launch a Global Pandemic Radar to track and share data on COVID variants and new diseases so the world can respond to emerging threats.” 

Preventing future health emergencies by protecting the environment is highlighted in the report, zoonotic surveillance will be used to detect any future health emergency, as well as an ongoing pledge to the COVAX programme that helps source vaccines for lower-middle income countries to combat coronavrius. 

The active 46 G7 commitments to global health cover health inequalities, finance, and other areas of concern, including:   

  • Increasing Development Assistance  
  • Development Effectiveness 
  • Innovative Financing 
  • Trade and Development 
  • Trade and Infrastructure in Africa 
  • Quality Infrastructure Investment 
  • Responsible Global Supply Chains 
  • Digital transformation in Africa 
  • Attaining UHC with strong health systems and better preparedness for public health emergencies  
  • Preventing and Responding to Future Outbreaks  
  • Setting Up Mechanisms for Rapid Deployment  
  • Reforming and Strengthening WHO’s Capacity  
  • Mobilizing Support for the Global Fund  
  • Antimicrobial Resistances 
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases  
  • Ending Preventable Child Deaths and Improving Maternal Health96  
  • Prevention and Treatment for HIV/AIDS  
  • HIV/AIDS: Stigma, Discrimination and Rights Violation  
  • Polio  
  • Broad Food Security and Nutrition Development 
  • Quality Education for Women and Girls 
  • Basic education in the Sahel  
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights  
  • Technical and Vocational Education and Training for Women and Girls  
  • Women’s Economic Empowerment  
  • Advancing gender equality through non-discriminatory legislation  
  • G8 Anti-Corruption Initiatives  
  • Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative  
  • G7 Partnership on Extractives Transparency  
  • CONNEX  
  • Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS)  
  • Beneficial Ownership  
  • Anti-bribery  
  • Asset Recovery  
  • Tax Capacity Building 
  • Land Transparency 
  • Maritime Security in Africa  
  • Women, Peace and Security  
  • Crises and Conflicts in Africa  
  • Biodiversity  
  • Energy Infrastructure in Africa  
  • Climate Risk Insurance  
  • Renewable Energy 
  • Marine Litter 
  • Migration and Refugees 
  • Drivers of Migration  

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock, added: “Globally we are only as strong as the weakest link in the health security chain. No one is safe until everyone is safe.”  

 “We need to make better use of advances in our ability to collect, analyse, and share health data from all aspects of life, enabling faster collaboration to respond to health security threats and stop diseases in their tracks.”  

 “The UK and our partners in the G7 have a strong track record of working together to support each other and protect the most vulnerable. As I gather with my ministerial counterparts, we have an opportunity to learn from this pandemic to collectively build back better and safeguard our global health security.”