Why is the military generally so important in the policy making processes of developing countries?
Participating in peacekeeping operations, military exercises, and humanitarian assistance missions, armed personnel from developing countries have become increasingly significant as facilitators of their governments' foreign policy. The deployment of these forces opens up possibilities for surveillance and control of infectious diseases. Military health groups, in collaboration with developed country militaries, employ their laboratory, epidemiological, communications, and logistical resources to support civilian health ministry initiatives.The surveillance capacities of military from developing nations should be increased as their engagement in international politics grows, perhaps through alliances with forces from high-income countries. Military-to-military and military-to-civilian collaborations, in conjunction with national and international civilian health organizations, might significantly improve global infectious disease surveillance, particularly in remote and post-disaster locations where military forces are present.