Globalization and infectious diseases

Julio Frenk, Octavio Gómez-Dantés, Felicia M. Knaul

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This article discusses the nature of the health challenges created by globalization and proposes new forms of international cooperation to confront them. The discussion of global health challenges includes both the transfer of health risks, with an emphasis on infectious diseases, and the international dissemination of health opportunities, including the transfer of knowledge and technology. The authors argue that the health-related challenges and opportunities of an increasingly interdependent world demand new forms of international cooperation. The authors suggest the promotion of 3 elements that, in their essence, contain the idea of collaboration: exchange, evidence, and empathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)593-599
Number of pages7
JournalInfectious disease clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Global health challenges
  • Globalization
  • Infectious diseases
  • Security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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