Readiness for Microbial Threats 2030: Exploring Lessons Learned Since the 1918 Influenza Pandemic - A Workshop

When: November 27, 2018 - November 28, 2018 (11:00 AM Eastern)

Topics Diseases, Global Health, Public Health, Health Security
Activity: Forum on Microbial Threats
Board: Board on Global Health

Join us for a 1.5-day workshop that will provide a venue to examine lessons—both applied lessons and missed opportunities—from a century of major outbreaks and pandemics. As we reflect on the world’s current readiness to prevent, detect, and respond to pandemic influenza and other potential novel diseases, the workshop will focus on overcoming the structural and behavioral obstacles to achieving greater preparedness, in order to identify immediate and short-term actions that will have the greatest impact on global health security by 2030.

Discussions will also touch upon recent progress achieved in global, regional, and national governance and public health capacities; challenges and opportunities with medical countermeasures; tools to enhance detection, laboratory confirmation, and public communication in major disease outbreaks; and ethical and operational considerations for coordination among stakeholders. 

Featuring presentations on topics including:

  • Recent progress achieved in monitoring global health security and pandemic preparedness at the global and national levels, including advances in developing national action plans stemming from the International Health Regulations and Joint External Evaluation, building strong public health capacities that incorporate a One Health approach, and developing risk analysis and assessment tools to guide resource allocation. 
  • Critical challenges and opportunities in developing and evaluating medical countermeasures, including seasonal vaccines, a universal influenza vaccine, and novel diagnostics and therapeutics, and strategies to secure their adequate supply and distribution, particularly ensuring access to high-risk populations. 
  • Various methods and tools, such as effective emergency operations centers, surveillance systems, and sequencing technologies, to shorten the time between onset and detection, lab confirmation, and public communication of major disease outbreaks. 
  • The ethical and operational challenges and opportunities for enabling meaningful coordination, cooperation and sharing of information and technological benefits among various stakeholders, including multilateral organizations, national governments, private sector, and civil society.

Public registration is now open!

Please note that in-person capacity is extremely limited, but the workshop will be webcast and all presentations and videos will be archived on this page.

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