The Global Health Security Agenda’s Joint External Evaluation (JEE) is used as an evaluation tool to help countries assess their preparedness capacity for pandemics. Of the 27 countries with completed JEEs, only two have used the results generated to develop costed plans.
It is estimated that there are 1.67 million undiscovered viruses among the 25 virus families that either have been shown to infect people or seem likely too.
Uganda has cut the time it takes to confirm an outbreak from an average of two weeks to an average of 2.5 days.
The structure of the Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE) allows up to $500,000.00 to be made available within 24 hours, bridging the gap before other sources of funding kick in.
The world's poorest countries cannot equip and maintain their limited laboratory facilities.
In much of the world, refrigeration is not available making preserving samples for testing virtually impossible.
Researchers analyzed 51 articles from 77 countries from all World Health Organization (WHO) regions, and identified 44 lessons learnt across the eight core capacities of the International Health Regulations.
During the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in Liberia, measles vaccinations dropped 67 percent and anti-malarial treatment fell 61 percent.
Experts warn that it is not a matter of if, but when, the next pandemic strikes.
In global disease outbreaks, there are significant time delays between the source of an outbreak and collective action.