If development policies are to be effective and sustainable, societies must be able to absorb them and consolidate their gains. For this reason, IDLO has concentrated its efforts on public health, as both critical enabler and multiplier of development outcomes. Healthier individuals make fewer claims on scarce financial resources. Healthier parents mean children who stay in education longer, expanding a nation’s skills base. Healthier communities mean more productive work forces, stronger investment flows, better earnings and higher living standards. Health is affected by all aspects of development policy. It is also dependent on the quality of legal frameworks and justice systems. A conducive legal environment is essential to protect and promote health – this includes both national and international law, such as trade and investment law.
IDLO's work includes strengthening the legal response to HIV and AIDS in developing nations; fostering awareness of public health goals and human rights among government officials, and among those communities most at risk of HIV infection;
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – notably cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, cancer and diabetes – are now the leading global cause of death.
Falsified and substandard (FS) medicines have the potential to undermine global health gains. These products are always ineffective, can be toxic, and can lead to drug resistance.