Will Ebola change the game? Ten essential reforms before the next pandemic. The report of the Harvard-LSHTM Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola
An Independent Panel organized by Harvard Global Health Institute and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine released a report in the Lancet on November 23, 2015 analyzing the global response Ebola and identifying steps for reform.
The report’s ten recommendations provide a roadmap to strengthen the global system for outbreak prevention and response:
1. Develop a global strategy to invest in, monitor and sustain national core capacities
2. Strengthen incentives for early reporting of outbreaks and science-based justifications for trade and travel restrictions
3. Create a unified WHO Center with clear responsibility, adequate capacity, and strong lines of accountability for outbreak response
4. Broaden responsibility for emergency declarations to a transparent, politically-protected Standing Emergency Committee
5. Institutionalise accountability through an independent commission for disease outbreak prevention and response
6. Develop a framework of rules to enable, govern and ensure access to the benefits of research
7. Establish a global fund to finance, accelerate and prioritise R&D
8. Sustain high-level political attention through a Global Health Committee of the Security Council
9. A new deal for a more focused, appropriately-financed WHO
10. Good governance of WHO through decisive, timebound reform and assertive leadership
Independent Panel of Global Experts Calls for Critical Reforms to Prevent Future Pandemics, press release, November 22, 2015 [attached]
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