In the coming decades, Asia will become even more important to global health and the region can, should and must play a larger leadership role in that new global health governance architecture. This paper makes the case for more Asian leadership in global health, defines how that leadership can be demonstrated, and proposes a gradualist approach to increasing Asian leadership in global health. The paper also demarcates the scope of Asian leadership in global health, unpacking the two large concepts of global health and Asia; describes the recent history of Asian leadership in global health since the 2000s and analyzes its successes and gaps; and provides a framework for Asian countries to provide leadership in five domains of global health.
Keywords: Asia, Covid-19, disease, global health, global governance, pandemic
Dr Swee Kheng Khor is a Malaysian physician specializing in health systems and global health.
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