From Panic and Neglect to Investing in Health Security: Financing Pandemic Preparedness at a National Level   [open pdf - 0B]

"Multiple pandemics, numerous outbreaks, thousands of lives lost and billions of dollars of national income wiped out -- all since the turn of this century, in barely 17 years -- and yet the world's investments in pandemic preparedness and response remain woefully inadequate. […] Every expert commentary and every analysis in recent years tells us that the costs of inaction are immense. And yet, as the havoc caused by the last outbreak turns into a fading memory, we become complacent and relegate the case for investing in preparedness on a back burner, only to bring it to the forefront when the next outbreak occurs. […] Investing in health security through financing preparedness is a highly cost effective way to protect lives and safeguard livelihoods and communities. Whether measured in human lives saved or economic disruption avoided, the return on investments in pandemic preparedness is extraordinarily high. Moreover, many of the capabilities and much of the infrastructure required for pandemic preparedness also support efforts to fight endemic diseases and counter the threat of antimicrobial resistance. Taken together, the recommendations of the International Working Group set out in this report represent a pathway towards achieving the goal of universal health security, whilst strengthening health systems and helping ensure delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals."

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