07/02/2014 - 16:20

Winning the battle against emerging pathogens: A Nigerian response

Oyewale Tomori

Tomori is president of the Nigerian Academy of Science. From 2004 until 2011 he was vice chancellor of Redeemer's University in Nigeria. From 1994 through 2004, as a virologist with the World...

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Technological advances in the life sciences hold out the promise of controlling or eliminating stubborn diseases. They also increase the risk that malevolent actors will learn to produce new and highly dangerous pathogens, a prospect that deeply concerns security professionals in developed countries. In the developing world, meanwhile, where many nations struggle mightily with diseases such as AIDS and malaria, public health concerns tend to focus more on the here and now—or, when it comes to emerging threats, on how to contend with natural rather than human-made pathogens. Authors from four countries—Oyewale Tomori of Nigeria, Louise Bezuidenhout and Chandre Gould of South Africa (2014), Maria José Espona of Argentina (2014), and Iris Hunger of Germany (2014)—explore how governments, institutions, and professionals in both the developed and developing worlds can make the world safer from emerging pathogens, whether natural or human-made.

Topics: Biosecurity