Le Lézard
Classified in: Ebola virus, Health
Subjects: EXE, PSF

Getting Ahead of the Next Pandemic: Is the World Ready?



ATLANTA, Oct. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When a deadly mystery illness was detected in Liberia in April 2017, first responders were on the ground within 24 hours. Through the Ministry of Health's quick action and collaboration with global partners, the cause of the outbreak was identified as meningococcal disease and contained with only 31 cases and 13 deaths. In stark contrast, when Ebola struck Liberia just three years ago, it took the country months to mount an effective response; thousands of lives were lost as responders raced to control the growing epidemic.

Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (PRNewsFoto/CDC) (PRNewsFoto/CDC)

The difference between these two outbreaks is just one example of the progress made since 2014 to advance the Global Health Security Agenda's (GHSA) goal to strengthen countries' response capacities. GHSA is a global effort to save lives and reduce the impact of disease threats ? whether naturally occurring or manmade ? by stopping them at their source.

A new article released today in CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) journal details early results of CDC's global health security work through collaboration with 17 partner countries. Implementing the Global Health Security Agenda in 17 Countries: Contributions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows how CDC is accelerating progress toward a world more prepared for public health threats. Part of EID's new Global Health Security Supplement, the article outlines CDC-supported progress during the first two years of GHSA implementation.

With supplemental funding from the U.S. Government of $582 million over five years (FY 2015 ? 2019), CDC is supporting Liberia and 16 other GHSA countries in strengthening core public health systems to rapidly detect, respond, and prevent the spread of disease and limit the impact of outbreaks on families, communities, and whole economies. These efforts include strengthening:

"These core areas are a platform for a functioning public health system in any country and are critical for effective disease detection and response," said Rebecca Bunnell, Ph.D., deputy director for science, policy, and communication in CDC's Division of Global Health Protection and senior author of the article. "From meningococcal disease in Liberia to yellow fever in Uganda, outbreaks can be contained and pandemics prevented when countries have these core capabilities in place."

A timely look at progress toward GHSA milestones

This week, GHSA partner countries, including the United States, meet in Kampala, Uganda, for the 4th High Level GHSA Ministerial Meeting to discuss sustaining and extending these critical efforts. 

"In a world more interconnected than ever ? where emerging diseases continually threaten people's health and drug resistance continues to grow ? ensuring the safety and security of all people requires strong, diverse partnerships and a global commitment to GHSA beyond 2018," said Rebecca Martin, Ph.D., director of CDC's Center for Global Health.

The CDC report describes progress to meet GHSA milestones and concludes that, overall, GHSA partner countries (Phase I) were successful in expanding their capacity for combating public health threats. The analysis found more than 675 advancements across the 17 countries as a result of CDC's GHSA work, including these:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

CDC works 24/7 protecting America's health, safety and security. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America's most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world.

Contact: CDC Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

 

SOURCE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


These press releases may also interest you

23 nov 2017
The "Global Pool Cleaning Robots Market 2017-2023 by Application, Drive Mechanism and Region: Segment Analysis, Trend Outlook and Business Strategy" report has been added to Research and Markets' offering. This report represents a cumulative...

22 nov 2017
Download the full report: https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/3605724 ? Trends in partnering deals? Top deals by value? Deals listed by company A-Z, industry sector, stage of development, technology type The report provides understanding and access...

21 nov 2017
Global Mobile Mapping Market: Overview The global mobile mapping market report sheds light on all components of the market, illustrating to readers the likely growth trajectory of the global mobile mapping market on the whole as well as the growth...

21 nov 2017
Global Away from Home Tissue Products Market: OverviewThe report on the global away from home tissue products market provides an elaborate assessment of key growth drivers, restraining factors and notable challenges hampering the demand, factors...

21 nov 2017
The "Hand Sanitizers - Global Strategic Business Report" report has been added to Research and Markets' offering. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World....

21 nov 2017
The "Hand Sanitizers - Global Strategic Business Report" report has been added to Research and Markets' offering. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World....




News published on 26 october 2017 at 16:09 and distributed by: