Opinion: No, we are still not ready for a global pandemic

Originally published in Devex on October 15, 2018. Four years ago, a devastating Ebola outbreak in West Africa killed more than 11,000 people and sparked worldwide fear of a global pandemic. Worldwide, leaders committed to prioritizing preparedness to ensure this would never happen again. Last month, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on the United Nations Security Council to do […]

Faster, Smarter, Safer: Progress and Pitfalls in Outbreak Preparedness

In 2018, the world’s vulnerabilities to infectious disease were felt acutely in places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Nigeria, and Madagascar. Diseases like Ebola, Nipah, Lassa fever, yellow fever, and the plague kept healthcare workers on the offensive. In these efforts, we have witnessed what happens when leadership, know-how, innovation, and partnerships […]

The Current State of Global Outbreak Preparedness and Response

With the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo rapidly escalating to dangerous levels, the global health community must consider how much progress has been made to prevent and efficiently respond to outbreaks since the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. I recently joined J. Stephen Morrison to discuss the gaps that remain in our […]

Are We Prepared for the Next Global Outbreak?

On July 24, 2018 the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo officially declared the country’s ninth outbreak of Ebola closed. Just days later, a 10th outbreak was announced. Although efforts to prepare for global epidemics have been considerable, the truth is we have not progressed far enough, fast enough, or with […]

Is the International Development Community Ready for a Pandemic?

Is the international development community ready for a pandemic? This is the question posed to Gabrielle Fitzgerald, CEO Panorama, and to Nancy Lee, Global Policy Lead at Wellcome Trust, by Carine Umuhumuza the Associate Digital Director at Devex. Watch the full discussion in the following video taken at the #SDGLive booth at WEF Davos 2018.

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 […]

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 […]

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