World health report

Chapter 5

Managing exits from the workforce

This chapter emphasizes the importance of strengthening health systems in building global public health security. It argues that many of the public health emergencies described in this report could have been prevented or better controlled if the health systems concerned had been stronger and better prepared. Some countries find it more difficult than others to confront threats to public health security effectively because they lack the necessary resources, because their health infrastructure has collapsed as a consequence of under-investment and shortages of trained health workers, or because the infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed by armed conflict or a previous natural disaster. With rare exceptions, threats to public health are generally known and manageable.

In this chapter

  • Helping countries helps the world
    • Global partnerships
    • Strengthening national capacity
    • Preventing and responding to international public health emergencies
    • Legal issues and monitoring