Independent Panel on Ebola

The Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine have convened an Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola. “The Ebola crisis has laid bare the inadequacy of the global response.  We need a thorough, careful analysis of what went wrong, and how we might do better in the future,” said Dr. Ashish Jha. “The Harvard Global Health Institute is pleased to partner with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to create a unique platform for assessing the global response in a way that leads to real actions for change.” 

Chaired by Dr. Peter Piot of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Co-Chaired by Dr. Ashish Jha of the Harvard Global Health InstituteDr. Muhammad Pate of Duke Global Health Institute, and Dr. Devi Sridhar of the Edinburgh Medical School; the 19 international panelists represent varying backgrounds and areas of expertise. “International solidarity has had a positive impact in this outbreak and it is crucial we keep up the momentum to prepare fully for future threats. I look forward to working alongside these leading experts to strengthen global health systems and improve surveillance to enable early detection of the next epidemic,” said Dr. Peter Piot, co-discoverer of Ebola and Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

The Panel held its inaugural meeting in Boston in March 2015, followed by a second meeting in London in June 2015. Over the course of the meetings, the panel assessed thematic areas including: leadership, coordination and advocacy; international rules; financing; operational response and operational research; and health technology R&D. 

The Panel's work resulted in a publication in The Lancet entitled "Will Ebola change the game? Ten essential reforms before the next pandemic. A report of the Harvard-LSHTM Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola". The report analyzes the major weaknesses in the global health system exposed by the Ebola outbreak, and offers workable recommendations for medium-to-long-term institutional changes required to address them.