Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA;
Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia
Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.
If in December 2004 an early warning system had been in place among
Asian nations, the disaster caused by the Indian Ocean tsunami might have
been much smaller. The ideal warning system would have been available to everyone
in Asia, and its use by one nation would not have limited its use by others.
The classic example of a public good is a lighthouse; the tsunami warning
system, giving light to many nations, is close to being a global public good. As it would have prevented death and suffering,
it might have qualified as a global public good for health.
Leeder S. Global Public Health. JAMA. 2005;293(13):1671-1676. doi:10.1001/jama.293.13.1674-a