Global health focuses on improving public and international health. This can include the health of populations as a whole, as opposed to individual citizens, often with an approach towards prevention rather than treatment. It can also include health overseas, with a historic focus on infectious and tropical diseases in the developing world.
NGOs, governments and the academic sector also work around policies and advocacy to improve access to basic health needs, like clean water, food, medicine and treatments.
The Longitude Prize is addressing one of the most important and urgent global health problems: bacteria’s growing resistance to antibiotics. The recent UK Review on Antimicrobial Resistance found that drug-resistant infections are already responsible for more than half a million deaths globally each year, and that this could exceed 10 million deaths per year by 2050.
The Longitude Prize, with a £10 million fund, is the UK’s biggest science prize and is looking around the world for a transformative point-of-care diagnostic test that can be used in any country to help understand if we need antibiotics, and if so, which ones.