Despite a health revolution within the 20th Century which has added over thirty years of additional life expectancy on average across the globe, new global health challenges for the 21st Century face all countries, according to the statement from IAP for Health. These shared challenges include emerging and drug resistant infections disseminated worldwide due to global transportation, trade and population migration; climate change and its human health effects; demographic and epidemiologic transition with increased aging of the population and incidence of non-communicable diseases and the rapid urbanization of the world’s population. To improve the health status of all people and contribute to social and economic development and innovation, countries must strengthen their research capacity by developing national systems that can identify the need for research, conduct research and communicate its results for implementation. IAP for Health has developed a “A Call for Action to Strengthen Health Research Capacity in Low and Middle Income Countries”, endorsed by over 40 national academies of medicine worldwide.
The statement is also available in Chinese.
Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, US
Dr. Garry Aslanyan, Canada
Dr. Detlev Ganten, Germany
Sir Brian Greenwood, CBE FRS FMedSci, UK
Prof. Carel IJsselmuiden, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Meister, Germany
Prof. Jacob Palis, Brazil
Prof. Tikki Pang (Pangestu), Singapore
Prof. Vincent Titanji, Cameroon
IAP for Health