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Managing Global Health Security

The World Health Organization and Disease Outbreak Control


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Adam Kamradt-Scott
    Pages 1-20
  3. Adam Kamradt-Scott
    Pages 79-100
  4. Adam Kamradt-Scott
    Pages 151-179
  5. Adam Kamradt-Scott
    Pages 181-190
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 191-233

About this book


Drawing on insights from international organization and securitization theory, the author investigates the World Health Organization and how its approach to global health security has changed and adapted since its creation in 1948. He also examines the organization's prospects for managing global health security now and into the future.


Global health security infectious diseases international organization Ebola Pandemic Influenza Malaria Smallpox securitization theory World Health Organisation global health health Nation organization organizations World Health Organization

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of SydneyAustralia

About the authors

Adam Kamradt-Scott is Senior Lecturer in International Security Studies at the Centre for International Security Studies, University of Sydney, Australia. He is also the Humanities Precinct Leader for the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity. Before joining academia, Adam previously worked as a health professional, political adviser, and government official.

Bibliographic information


“This book investigates the extent to which the WHO has fulfilled its disease eradication mission and has utilised the health-as-security discourse to reframe its public health mandate. … This book is highly recommended for those who are interested in the key role of the WHO in managing global health security.” (Lai-Ha Chan, Australian Institute of International Affairs, July, 2016)

“Kamradt-Scott (Univ. of Sydney, Australia) carefully describes the history of the World Health Organization (WHO), reminding detractors that the agency’s mission has remained steady across the decades and that it has, on the whole, performed its vital functions admirably. … This informative, scholarly book will be of particular interest to those in public health and public policy programs. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty, professionals.” (K. H. Jacobsen, Choice, Vol. 53 (5), January, 2016)

“This book will interest primarily academics working in international relations or public health. … For those who are not in academia, but have an interest in international relations or just have basic questions like ‘What is the WHO? What do they do?’, this book is a well-written story describing real-life events and crises from malaria eradication in the 1950s to the 2014 ebola outbreak in West Africa.” (Sabine Iva Franklin, Medicine, Conflict and Survival, Vol. 32 (3), 2016)