1 July 2014

Winning the battle against emerging pathogens: A South African response

Louise Bezuidenhout

Bezuidenhout is a lecturer at the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and a research fellow at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. Her...


Chandre Gould

Gould is a senior research fellow in the Governance, Crime, and Justice Division of the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria. In 2004 and 2005 she was global network coordinator for the...


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 (2014), Louise Bezuidenhout and Chandre Gould of South Africa, 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