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Global Health Preparedness Critical For Effective Disease Outbreak Responses

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: On Global Health and Being “Prepared”
Rebecca Martin, director of the CDC’s Center for Global Health, discusses global health preparedness in the context of measles elimination, writing, “Being ‘prepared’ can be defined as having the right tools and the right workforce in place to respond and adapt effectively to any threat. … The need for health programs to deliver preventive services — such as vaccines — based on strong science, combined with real-time accurate data to act and make hard decisions, and the sheer determination of public health professionals is the essence of ‘preparedness’ in today’s world…” (8/31).

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