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Health Systems Strengthening To Prevent Disease Outbreaks Requires Global Investment

Washington Post: Letter to the Editor: Don’t let disease spread
Marie Paule Kieny, assistant director general for health systems and innovation at the WHO

“Ron Klain’s June 7 Sunday opinion commentary, ‘Preventing the next pandemic,’ correctly pointed to the urgent need for a better world response to outbreaks. The first line of defense should be strengthening the health care systems in vulnerable countries so each has capacity to deal with infectious disease threats. … Our next major opportunity to address the Ebola aftermath and show we’ve learned from the mayhem of the initial response lies with the International Ebola Recovery Conference on July 10. Let’s ensure we put our investments in the right places, with country health sectors at the top of the list” (6/14).

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