Development think tank calls on UK government to integrate global health into upcoming review on defense, foreign, and development policy

The international development think-tank, the Centre for Global Development (CGD), has called for the UK government to ensure that the UK's global health capabilities are fully taken into account when undertaking its integrated review of the UK’s foreign, development, and defense policy.

CGD notes that previous UK government reviews, like the 2010 National Security Capability Review failed to sufficiently take account of the UK’s global health capabilities. CGD argues that the current integrated review offers a unique opportunity to set out how the UK’s world-leading capabilities on public health research and innovation and public health delivery and education can be fully utilized as part of a Global Britain. CGD offers three areas where UK global health capabilities could be exploited:

  • Global security through UK research and development work on antimicrobial resistance, pandemics, and bioterrorism; 
  • Global Health Diplomacy through knowledge-sharing, ODA, and health-friendly migration and trade policies; and
  • Global health system strengthening through supporting universal health coverage and affordable access for all.

Report - Centre for Global Development