Major reforms are needed in how the international health community prevents and responds to infectious disease outbreaks, according to an analysis of the global response to the 2014-2015 outbreak of Ebola in West Africa (Moon S et al. Lancet. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00946-0 [published online November 22, 2015]).
In their report, the independent group of experts convened by the Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine outlined the main systemic weaknesses that were exposed during different phases of the recent Ebola outbreak. They also provided 10 major recommendations for reform that fall within 4 areas: preventing outbreaks, rapidly responding to outbreaks, producing and sharing research data, and providing strong overall leadership of the global health system. The financial cost of these recommendations was not discussed.
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