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Responding To Public Health Emergencies In Failed States

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The correlation between State failure and global health is an international issue of paramount importance. In fact, when a State is unable to control and prevent the spreading of communicable diseases in parts or in the entirety of its territory, the threat of disease may become global. This chapter focuses on the mechanisms that the international community may adopt to address to the threat of an uncontrolled spreading of disease developing into an international risk. Health has become a central tenant of international law. Its importance is recognized in several international agreements, including in international and regional human rights treaties. The U.N. Charter references the need to collaborate on health issues in several articles, and several international organizations have been created with mandates related to health. Finally this chapter focuses on the instruments available to the international community to control the spread of infectious diseases and health emergencies.

Keywords: human rights; international law; U.N. Charter



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