Independent report

Chief Medical Officer annual report 2019: partnering for progress

Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies’ latest report considers current and future UK engagement with global health.



Professor Dame Sally Davies emphasises that global health security is only as strong as its weakest link, and that increasing levels of non-communicable diseases globally could undermine health systems in lower- and middle-income countries. This could jeopardise poorer countries’ ability to meet the needs of their populations and effectively engage in infectious disease control.

The report consists of 21 letters from global health leaders to Dame Sally, and her responding summary, recommendations and epilogue. Dame Sally publishes these letters under 3 headings:

  • equity
  • sustainability
  • security

These are the 3 interdependent conditions she proposes must be met to secure good health for all.

Professor Dame Sally Davies’ report is independent of government and is primarily aimed at government, regulators, policy-makers and healthcare professionals.

Published 22 July 2019