The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) which is co-convened by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and The World Bank has released its first report on the level of preparedness of countries to tackle global health emergencies. The report categorically declares that no country in the world is prepared for any global health crisis (1). This declaration is based on reports and evidence analysed from the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak. The board is an independent monitoring body consisting of health experts, political leaders and heads of agencies.
The report focussed in particular on biological pandemics. “The world is not prepared for a fast-moving, virulent respiratory pathogen pandemic.” It lists 7 urgent actions to be taken to increase preparedness for health emergencies.
- Heads of government must commit and invest
- Countries and regional organisations must lead by example
- All countries must build strong systems
- Countries, donors and multilateral institutions must be prepared for the worst
- Financing institutions must link preparedness with financial risk planning
- Development assistance funders must create incentives and increase funding for preparedness
- The United Nations must strengthen coordination mechanisms
It then lists examples of and obstacles to progress towards preparedness for global health crises.
The report reiterates that poorer nations with limited resources would be the most affected in case of a health crisis. It also predicts a drop in GDP (Gross Domestic Products), tourism, jobs and revenues in different regions of the world when affected with a global pandemic. Overall, a huge dip in the global economy would be an effect.
Read the full report here.
- 1.Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, “A world at risk: annual report on global preparedness for health emergencies,” 2019 (Annual Report 1, World Health Organization, 2019), pp. 1–38.