As the world has responded to the COVID-19, it has revealed long-standing tensions between biosecurity- and biomedically-focused approaches to health and approaches that address social determinants, facilitate participation and protect human rights. This call responds to a concern that pandemic responses have failed to prioritise knowledge, equity and rights. Despite decades of evidence of the need for co-operative, participatory, rights-based and evidence-informed public health, these principles are not evidenced in national or global responses seen during COVID-19.
The Call sets out 10 essential principles for a comprehensive approach in countering current and future pandemics.
We invite all involved in health and pandemic responses to read the Call, and if you support the principles, to sign it (personally and/or institutionally) and engage others.