Planning for the Next Global Pandemic

Allen G.P. Ross, Suzanne M. Crowe, Mark W. Tyndall

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Abstract

In order to mitigate human and financial losses as a result of future global pandemics, we must plan now. As the Ebola virus pandemic declines, we must reflect on how we have mismanaged this recent international crisis and how we can better prepare for the next global pandemic. Of great concern is the increasing frequency of pandemics occurring over the last few decades. Clearly, the window of opportunity to act is closing. This editorial discusses many issues including priority emerging and reemerging infectious diseases; the challenges of meeting international health regulations; the strengthening of global health systems; global pandemic funding; and the One Health approach to future pandemic planning. We recommend that the global health community unites to urgently address these issues in order to avoid the next humanitarian crisis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-94
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume38
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Epidemics
  • Health systems
  • Pandemic
  • Planning

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