Lancet Report

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

Related documents:

Independent Panel of Global Experts Calls for Critical Reforms to Prevent Future Pandemics, press release, November 22, 2015 [attached]

An indictment of Ebola response, B.D. Colen, Harvard Gazette, November 22, 2015

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