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Reading Group: Global Preparedness Report

  • The Berkeley REACH 3045 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA USA (map)

This month we will be reading the first annual report (https://apps.who.int/gpmb/assets/annual_report/GPMB_annualreport_2019.pdf) by the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, a body of experts set up last year to monitor global preparedness to health emergencies.

From the report: "For its first report, the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board reviewed recommendations from previous high-level panels and commissions following the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic and the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak, along with its own commissioned reports and other data. The result is a snapshot of where the world stands in its ability to prevent and contain a global health threat. Many of the recommendations reviewed were poorly implemented, or not implemented at all, and serious gaps persist. For too long, we have allowed a cycle of panic and neglect when it comes to pandemics: we ramp up efforts when there is a serious threat, then quickly forget about them when the threat subsides. It is well past time to act."

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