The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is working to determine the best method of crafting a 10-year global health security vision to protect national interests.
The World Health Organization and the World Bank Group today convened the first meeting of the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), a new body set up to monitor the world’s readiness to respond to outbreaks and other health emergencies.
Warnings tell us the next global pandemic is a case of not ‘if’, but ‘when’. So, hypothetically, how is the world preparing itself?
Experts determined during a hypothetical bioterrorism scenario, which imagines a smallpox outbreak originating in Fiji, that ample preparedness and response capabilities dictate whether a local outbreak is containable or more likely to become a global pandemic.
The World Health Organization R&D Blueprint aims to accelerate the availability of medical technologies during epidemics by focusing on a list of prioritized emerging diseases for which medical countermeasures are insufficient or nonexistent.
Several organizations have received a grant to create a Global Health Security Index. The Index will assess countries’ capabilities to prevent, detect, and respond to high consequence biological events.
The new tool spotlights gaps in preparedness, and actions that countries and organizations can take to close them.
While there are a multitude of new and improved efforts to strengthen global preparedness, there remains an overarching need to make sure residual weak spots are identified and that there is global public accountability.
As health officials, governments and global business leaders prepare for threats of global outbreaks, many are examining the ways that financial structures, supply chains, and information sharing can work together to prevent calamitous outcomes.
The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board will monitor emergency preparedness across national governments, UN agencies, civil society, and the private sector.