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WHO’s New Health Emergencies Program To Help Streamline Responses To Disease Outbreaks

Nature: World Health Organization rethinks its response to disease outbreaks
“Three years after the start of the world’s worst Ebola epidemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has created a program to improve its response to disease outbreaks and to prevent another such calamity. In June, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan named medical epidemiologist Peter Salama to lead a new health emergencies program intended to streamline the agency’s response to crises. As part of that program, the WHO has launched the Emerging Diseases Clinical Assessment and Response Network (EDCARN) to provide guidance on how to care for people during disease outbreaks…” (Hayden, 12/20).

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