Ebola and Zika show that global health risks are at an all-time high. Lurking behind them are other disease threats that will not respect national boundaries.
Author profile: Jakaya Kikwete and Mukesh Kapila
Jakaya Kikwete was the President of Tanzania in 2001-2015, and chaired the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Global Response to Health Crises. He was the chair of the African Union in 2008–2009 and chair of the Southern African Development Community Troika on Peace, Defence and Security in 2012–2013.
Mukesh Kapila is professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester and Special Representative of the Aegis Trust for the prevention of crimes against humanity. He is also Associate Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and adjunct professor at the International Centre for Humanitarian Affairs, Nairobi. Formerly, he was Undersecretary General at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sudan, Special Adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Head of Conflict & Humanitarian Affairs at the UK Government Department for International Development. He can be followed on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/mukeshkapila. He is the curator of the Flesh and Blood blog on E-IR.