Current Crises and Potential Conflicts in Asia and the Pacific: Challenges Facing Global Health or Global Public Health by a Different Name

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Abstract

Since 1945, the reasons for major crises and how the world responds to them have changed every 10-15 years or sooner. Whereas these crises vary greatly across global regions, their economic, environmental, ecological, social, and disease aspects are increasingly under the influence of widely integrated global changes and forces arising primarily from: climate extremes; rapid unsustainable urbanization; critical biodiversity losses; and emergencies of scarcity in water, food, and energy. These slow-moving but increasingly severe crises affect larger populations across many borders and lead to the emergence of increasing population-based, preventable public health emergencies related to water, sanitation, food, shelter, energy, and related health illnesses, and ultimately global health security. This report explores the impact of these crises on Asia and the Pacific region, and their potential for regional conflict.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)653-667
Number of pages15
JournalPrehospital and disaster medicine
Volume34
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Asia Pacific
  • crises and conflict
  • global public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency

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