The recent Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa clearly demonstrated the critical role of laboratory systems and networks in responding to epidemics. Because of the huge challenges in establishing functional laboratories at all tiers of health systems in developing countries, strengthening specimen referral networks is critical. In this review article, we propose a platform strategy for developing specimen referral networks based on 2 models: centralized and decentralized laboratory specimen referral networks.
Editor’s Note: This post reflects on a speech on pandemic preparedness Dr. Fauci gave on January 10, 2017 in Washington, DC, hosted by The Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical Center, the Harvard Global Health Institute, and Health Affairs.
In late 2013, an Ebola outbreak quickly grew into an epidemic of extraordinary magnitude, killing more people than all previous Ebola outbreaks combined. Although the epidemic was unprecedented, the world had previously experienced several acute public health emergencies requiring global coordination. HIV/AIDS, SARS and H1N1 tested global response, and in each case coordination proved problematic, making the 2013–2015 Ebola epidemic no exception.
Join the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP), on Thursday, November 10 from 9 - 1 PM for an interactive learning event to catalyze dialogue around the role of social and behavior change communication (SBCC) during public health emergencies, and explore its power to create resilient communities and health systems.
The event will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20004. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Held once a year, the World Health Summit (WHS) has grown into the world’s most prominent forum for addressing global health issues. It brings together key leaders from academia, politics, civil society, and the private sector to address the most pressing health-related challenges on the planet.
The WHS enjoys the patronage of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, the President of the French Republic and the President of the European Commission.
The summit’s central topics include:
As part of our work on A Transforming World, we introduce a new people-focused theme “Be Prepared!” with this pandemics Primer, setting out the challenges and opportunities presented by the theme of fighting pandemics.
Today, there are over 10,000 survivors of Ebola virus disease. A number of medical problems have been reported in survivors, including mental health issues. Ebola virus may persist in some body fluids, including semen. Ebola survivors need comprehensive support for the medical and psychosocial challenges they face and also to minimize the risk of continued Ebola virus transmission.
WHO has developed this document to guide health services on how to provide quality care to survivors of Ebola virus disease. Table of contents include: