Conclusions and Notes to the Reader
The book aimed to evaluate international public health issues, with a particular focus on diseases and disasters, policies and practices in low-, middle- and high-income countries. The magnitude of the disease burden is heavier in the low- and middle-income countries, and the picture is further exacerbated by resource constraints. While donor governments have committed funding and technical assistance to support low- and middle-income countries deal with the heavy burden of diseases, such support presents a threat to health systems in the context of sustainable leadership and sustainable financing in the recipient countries, if the donor funding is terminated or reduced. Inequality is a sore point, both internationally and intra-nationally, as it undermines the realisation of health as a human right for all people. Effective and sustainable disease control requires a holistic approach that goes beyond clinical medicine. The international public health impact of globalisation, climate change and disasters are key issues that need urgent attention in the context of a changing world.