In medical emergencies, attention is not usually given to what happens to the body fluid samples taken during the course of the outbreak, and what is left behind has implications for global biosecurity.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has little recourse if countries do not meet their obligations to protect global health. A bioweapons treaty might provide a fix.
The Global Health Security (GHS) Index fiound severe weaknesses in countries’ abilities to prevent, detect, and respond to significant disease outbreaks. The average overall Index score was slightly over 40 out of a possible 100.
The report summarizes the results of the first Global Healtth Security Index, including findings about the state of national health security capacity across each of the six GHS Index categories, as well as additional findings specific to functional areas of epidemic and pandemic preparedness.
This report analyzes high-level recommendations and data that emerged after recent public health events and provides an overview of country preparedness and global progress in developing national capacities for health emergency management.
This report examines and identifies the most urgent needs and actions required to accelerate preparedness for health emergencies, focusing on biological risks manifesting as epidemics and pandemics.
This report discusses the current state of preparedness for pandemics caused by “high-impact respiratory pathogens.' The report identifies priority actions for countries, international organizations, and other stakeholders.
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.