CLINICAL GOVERNANCE: DON’T PANIC, but is the world 'Overdue for pandemic'? – resource poor countries with weak systems? - Health Resource International West Africa (HRI)

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

CLINICAL GOVERNANCE: DON’T PANIC, but is the world 'Overdue for pandemic'? – resource poor countries with weak systems?




DON’T PANIC, but is the world Overdue for pandemic? – resource poor countries with weak systems?

‘Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, a billionaire philanthropist who is working to eradicate infectious diseases, warns that the global health community must do more to prepare for a pandemic.
“Epidemiologists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year,” he told an international security conference in Munich in February. “And they say there is a reasonable probability the world will experience such an outbreak in the next 10 to 15 years.”

Public health officials say the world is overdue for a pandemic that could kill 30 million people within a year. The possible causes include the expanding and mobile global population, mutating viruses that can outfox vaccine makers, the threat of bioterrorism and accelerating climate change that breeds new diseases. Meanwhile, in the wake of recent outbreaks of the Zika virus in Brazil, Ebola in Africa and a new strain of bird flu in China, many experts say the World Health Organization (WHO) and other agencies charged with protecting against dangerous pathogens are under-resourced and underfunded. But some experts are more optimistic, saying the global health community has taken important steps to prevent and respond to pandemics. For example, the United States has invested in crisis preparation, and WHO set up a global surveillance network and pandemic emergency fund, these experts note. But gaps in funding and leadership remain, and many warn that vaccines exist for just a fraction of the 300 known infectious viruses......’’
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1 comment:

  1. A terrifying thought but it can be averted or contained if health systems in the Global south are strengthened before hand.

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