Group of Eight Summit
15–17 July 2006, St. Petersburg - Russia
Through its focus on global health at this year's summit in St Petersburg, Russia, the Group of Eight is helping to ensure that existing and emerging disease threats are tackled at the very highest level.
The G8 leaders have long recognized that AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases slow economic development, perpetuate poverty, and threaten security in large parts of the world. The recent threat of an influenza pandemic has focused international attention on the need for all countries to be better prepared, in order to reduce the potential death, illness, social and economic consequences of a pandemic.
The information on this page provides a snapshot of the main infectious disease issues, and the impact the G8 has had on them.