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Public, Private Collective Engagement Critical To Responding To Global Health Emergencies

Huffington Post: The time is now: How we can work together to address the Global Health Security Agenda
David Barash, executive director of the Global Health Portfolio and chief medical officer for the GE Foundation

“…To respond to any global emergency, whether it be nature-wrought or vector-borne, preparedness, engagement of all stakeholders, and pre-coordination of all key resources is critical. … [T]he Zika virus is a pressing reminder that we must have processes in place to both ensure effective response to outbreaks and to prevent the breakdown of systems that we saw with Ebola. … To be truly successful, we will need many more of our global private sector partners to join us. Further, multi-sector collaboratives thrive off the ideas and aspirations of those we serve. … Partnerships with community members on the ground are just as valuable as those with public sector leaders in our efforts to create emergency response action plans that have everyone’s best interest at heart. … If we work together on this, we will be better positioned and prepared to respond to emergencies and outbreaks in the future” (6/6).

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