Public Health Solutions in the Post-Ebola World

HPI with DAI, Chatham House and the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine co-hosted a consultative meeting in July 2017 with global infectious disease experts at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The purpose of the meeting was to examine how health systems and services can better meet a dual purpose: improving the daily health of the public and leveraging the skills and protocols of public health providers to prepare for and respond quickly to the inevitable, but unpredictable outbreaks of the future.

A draft discussion paper was shared prior to the meeting to inform discussions. Four case studies were presented from four countries and focused on health system needs for prevention and control of infectious disease outbreaks:

  1. Guinea –  Strengths and weaknesses of the Guinea health system in confronting Ebola and post-Ebola actions.
  2. Uganda –  Dealing with daily health threats and frequent outbreaks.
  3. Nigeria – How a public health approach to polio eradication helped stop the outbreak of Ebola.
  4. Malawi – Long-term health system support; evidence from pneumococcal vaccine development and use for vulnerable children

A panel, including donor representatives from USAID, DFID and WHO, focused on critical insights for strengthening health systems to better respond to infectious disease outbreaks.

Discussion focused on how to improve global health security using the research, practical experience and learning gained in the wake of the Ebola virus outbreak.

A recording of the event is available here.

Watch this space for an upcoming paper summarising lessons from the meeting.