Press release: Medical chief calls for global health effort

Press release: Medical chief calls for global health effort

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER: WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE OUR WORLD SAFER AND HEALTHIER

· Final annual report from Professor Davies unites health leaders across the world, calling on Governments to face modern health threats

· Chief Medical Officer: “we should be proud of the UK’s global leadership in health, but the world is changing, and we must respond.”

· Personal letters to Professor Davies from global leaders such as Ban Ki Moon, Bill Gates, and Julia Gillard, outline the challenges and opportunities that face our world today and the key role that the UK needs to play.

In her final annual report as England’s Chief Medical Officer and UK Chief Medical Advisor, Professor Dame Sally Davies outlines the UK’s leading role in global health and highlights the need to share international knowledge and experience.

The report makes clear that by focusing purely on domestic health, we risk failing to control the shifting tide of global threats. Diseases and their determinants do not respect international borders. Ebola, antimicrobial resistance, and widening health inequalities are already presenting significant challenges.

Within this, it was great to see Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship (CwPAMS) be mentioned in an article written by CPA’s International Partnerships Lead, Sarah Cavanagh in (section 3, page 18), which highlights the wide range of benefits global health volunteering can have.

Volunteering in global health projects has provided me with unmatchable learning opportunities. As a result, I am a more confident and effective communicator, a more self-aware and outward-looking pharmacist, and I bring skills and ideas to my NHS work that would have otherwise never occurred to me.

Sarah Cavanagh

Pharmacist and Ipswich Hospital and International Partnerships Lead for the CPA

Chief Medical Officer annual report 2019: partnering for progress

Find the full report here