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Countries Must Do More To Prepare For Disease Outbreaks, Study Says

United Press International: Countries ‘grossly underprepared’ for disease outbreaks: Study
“An analysis of reports on the response to the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has researchers sounding the alarm about worldwide infectious disease outbreak preparedness. Suerie Moon of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and a team of researchers examined seven post-Ebola reports…” (Wallace, 1/23).

Xinhua News: World “grossly underprepared” for infectious disease, warn scientists
“…They found that the diagnosis of the key problems and recommendations for action in these reports converged in three critical areas: strengthening compliance with the International Health Regulations; improving outbreak-related research and knowledge sharing; and reforming the World Health Organization (WHO) and broader humanitarian response system. To address these issues, countries have started to take action, but that progress has been mixed with many critical issues that have largely gone unaddressed, according to the team…” (1/24).

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