Over the last 12 months, more than 2,000 Ebola patients have died in eastern Congo, a country that has experienced 10 Ebola outbreaks since 1976.
Previous Ebola epidemics have been major news while the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has not despite it being the second largest on record.
The United Kingdom’s Public Health Rapid Support Team, composed of data experts, microbiologists and other disease trackers, can mobilize infectious disease specialists around the globe within 48 hours of being called.
This report looks at the risks of a global catastrophic biological event and the state of global preparedness and offers recommendations for urgent action to address preparedness deficits.
This report outlines the US Government’s approach to strengthen global health security, including accelerating the capabilities of targeted countries to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks.
Medical breakthroughs and advances in public health systems have enabled countries to contain the effects of infectious diseases, but these gains are tempered by insecurities from forces in economics, globalization, and synthetic biology.
The World Health Organization (WHO) was quick in its response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but still needs to work on staffing, security, and coordination, according to the latest evaluation of its health emergencies work.
The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria, increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens, growing rates of obesity and physical inactivity to the health impacts of environmental pollution and climate change and multiple humanitarian crises.
The creation of what we call “outbreak culture” is driven by multiple factors, from political motivation and life-threatening fear to personal gain and isolation.
Every month, approximately 300 reports cross the desk of Dr Sylvie Briand detailing an outbreak of a disease somewhere in the world.