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    Enhancing health policy development: a practical guide to understanding the legislative process.

    Cooper J

    Manila, Philippines, World Health Organization [WHO], Regional Office for the Western Pacific, 2004. [36] p.

    This publication is intended as a guide to Ministries/ Departments** of Health in Member States to enable an understanding of the country’s legislative structure and process to be gained prior to technical legislative assistance being provided. It will enable relevant materials to be collected and informative descriptions compiled so that the maximum time is available for providing the technical assistance. Even if external technical assistance in health legislation is not being sought, the carrying out of the tasks covered in this Guide will provide a Ministry of Health with an essential legislative resource that will be available to all concerned with the development and implementation of health policy. (excerpt)
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    International infectious disease law.

    Gostin LO

    JAMA. 2004 Jun 2; 291(21):2623-2627.

    The International Health Regulations (IHR), the only global regulations for infectious disease control, have not been significantly changed since they were first issued in 1951. The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently engaged in a process to modernize the IHR. This article reviews WHO's draft revised IHR and recommends new reforms to improve global health, which include (1) a robust mission, emphasizing the WHO's core public health purposes, functions, and essential services; (2) broad scope, flexibly covering diverse health threats; (3) global surveillance, developing informational networks of official and unofficial data sources; (4) national public health systems, setting performance criteria, measuring outcomes, and holding states accountable; (5) human rights protection, setting science-based standards and fair procedures; and (6) good governance, adopting the principles of fairness, objectivity, and transparency. The WHO should ensure state compliance with health norms and generous economic and technical assistance to poorer countries. An important issue for the international community is how sovereign countries can join together to make global health work for everyone, the poor and the wealthy alike. (author's)
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