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World Bank Survey Examines Public Opinion On Global Health Security, Outbreak Preparedness

News outlets report on a World Bank survey published Thursday examining public opinion on global infectious diseases and health security.

Devex: Public opinion — a game changer for health systems financing?
“…Public opinion has a big role to play in focusing attention. Strengthening health systems and preventing future epidemics are goals more likely to rise on the political agenda when citizens in donor countries think they are important. A new poll commissioned by the World Bank suggests that’s exactly what people think…” (Tyson, 7/23).

Newsweek: U.S., U.K. Public Do Not Think World Is Ready for Another Global Health Crisis
“…A survey conducted by the World Bank last month and published Thursday found that 40 percent of people in France, Germany, Japan, the U.K., and U.S. think another epidemic like Ebola will happen in the next 10 years, while 19 percent don’t think the world will experience another epidemic over the same period…” (Westcott, 7/23).

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