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Outbreak Week Recap
From September 24-28, HGHI hosted Outbreak Week, a Harvard-wide effort investigating and engaging with epidemic and pandemic preparedness in the 21stcentury, inspired by the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic. Leading researchers, policy makers, health advocates, economists, doctors, journalists, historians and other experts joined us to take a fresh, multidisciplinary look at disease outbreaks and how prepared we are for the next big health crisis. It was an insightful, inspiring week during which we learned from history, assessed the relationship between infectious disease outbreaks and conflict, examined the challenges to outbreak communication in the era of disinformation, discussed roadblocks to faster vaccine development, and much, much more. Videos and key insights from this major gathering will be posted here soon.
The Harvard Global Health Institute recently led the development of a comprehensive framework for Global Monitoring of Disease Outbreak Preparedness. The report summary on this effort reflect the combined expertise of over fifty public health professionals from institutions around the world who gathered in Washington, D.C. in April 2017 at the U.S. National Academies of Medicine. The result of this effort, is a robust, objective, evidence-based monitoring framework structured along four key domains (see figure below), reflecting a multi-sectoral, “whole-of-society” approach to preparedness.