Why We Need Collaboration and a New Mindset to Prevent the Next Big Disaster

Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston in what is being called the worst storm in US history, and Hurricane Irma battered the Caribbean and Florida immediately after. More than 1,200 people died in India and Bangladesh during the heaviest monsoon rainfall in more than 15 years. Hundreds more were killed when a mudslide caused by heavy rains […]

Ebola Scare Shows That the World is Still Not Ready for a Major Disease Outbreak

Originally published by STAT, August 4, 2017. When the Democratic Republic of Congo detected cases of Ebola in May, local officials moved swiftly and global resources were rushed to help them. By the time the World Health Organization declared the outbreak over on July 2, only four people had died, four more had survived the […]

What is Global Health Diplomacy and Why Does It Matter?

Global Health Diplomacy: The use of various tactics by a range of actors to incent governments to achieve health goals for their citizens Learn more about Global Health Diplomacy through a free online course developed by Gabrielle Fitzgerald and Peter Small ————————- Global health diplomacy drives priorities in public health and impacts practitioners on the […]

Preparing for Future Global Health Emergencies

On March 13–14, Chatham House and the Graduate Institute Geneva-Global Health Centre hosted a roundtable meeting on preparedness for global health crises. Representatives from WHO and the UN, including member states, global health and development agencies, foundations, academia, and non-profit initiatives shared their work and experiences on monitoring preparedness for outbreaks and other public health […]

Shuttle Diplomacy to Outsmart Epidemics

Airplanes are what first introduced me to the global reach and danger of epidemic diseases. So it seems only appropriate that airplanes also helped me do something to address this growing threat. Frequent work travel between the United States and Asia at the height of the 2003 SARS epidemic exposed me to the serious problem […]

Donors and Drug Makers Offer $500 Million to Control Global Epidemics

Stung by the lack of vaccines to fight the West African Ebola epidemic, a group of prominent donors announced Wednesday that they had raised almost $500 million for a new partnership to stop epidemics before they spiral out of control. The partnership, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, will initially develop and stockpile vaccines against […]

CEPI—A New Global R&D Organisation for Epidemic Preparedness and Response

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in west Africa in 2013–16 showed that the world is not sufficiently prepared to detect and respond to epidemic threats. It exposed a systemic need for stronger operational and strategic capabilities in infectious disease response, and for the development of more effective tools and technologies to manage, treat, and […]

Post-Ebola Reforms: Ample Analysis, Inadequate Action

Reports on the response to Ebola broadly agree on what needs to be done to deal with disease outbreaks. But Suerie Moon and colleagues find that the world is not yet prepared for future outbreaks In August 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola outbreak in west Africa a public health emergency of […]

$460m pledged for vaccine initiative aimed at preventing global epidemics

Lassa, Mers and Nipah will be first diseases targeted by programme announced at Davos by coalition of governments, philanthropists and business. A coalition of governments, philanthropists and business is pledging to put money and effort into making vaccines to stop the spread of diseases that could threaten mankind – and to prevent another outbreak as […]

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