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Global Governance Structure For Research Necessary Piece Of Epidemic Preparedness

The Lancet: In search of global governance for research in epidemics
David H. Peters, director of the Alliance for a Healthier World and professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and colleagues, all members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Clinical Trials

“…A recent U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee report on clinical research in the Ebola epidemic includes recommendations to build workable governance and implementation arrangements for research during major epidemics — specifically for collaborative planning and coordination mechanisms between epidemics, and for rapid research response during an outbreak. … Better coordinated and transparent processes are needed that will engage a broader range of stakeholders and facilitate efforts to agree on goals and working principles. The governance arrangements should distribute responsibilities to those agencies best positioned to lead key areas, while respecting national leadership, limiting conflicts of interest, and taking into consideration the interests, ideologies, power, and accountabilities of key stakeholders. The processes need to reinforce consensus building and learning, and provide a platform for decisive action during a crisis. The pathway will not be easy. But to fail is to invite chaos to the next global health crisis” (10/7).