No More Epidemics is a five-year global campaign to encourage governments and key stakeholders to better prevent, prepare and respond to infectious disease epidemics.
By: Eric S. Starbuck, DrPH, MPH Abstract: Although the risk of onset in the next year, or in the next decade, cannot be quantified, a severe pandemic involving person-to-person transmission of a novel respiratory virus is considered by leading organizations to be a substantial global threat. The ongoing threat posed by the H5N1 and H7N9 avian […]
Unseen Enemy, a film written and directed by Janet Tobias, examines why the world is experiencing a number of diseases that were once only outbreaks, but now have become full-blown epidemics. Unseen Enemy has been broadcast globally, most recently on CNN for World Health Day. The film is available on CNN.com/go through May 8th and will be available on Video on Demand and DVD in the coming months. Sign up for broadcast, on-demand, and DVD announcements at takesallofus.com.
NO MORE EPIDEMICS CAMPAIGN
Established by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), International Medical Corps (IMC), Save the Children (SC), and the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) the Campaign was officially launched in November, 2015 in South Africa.
Our 28 current partners include civil society organizations, community-based organizations, private sector companies, and academic institutions all working together to hold governments accountable to prioritize epidemic prevention, preparedness and response planning. No More Epidemics goals are to:
- Ensure the development of national preparedness plans that include community protection and mitigation.
- Ensure all States comply with the International Health Regulations (IHR).
- Increase international and national funding levels for epidemic preparedness, prevention and response.
No More Epidemics is working to create networks at the country level to identify and fill gaps, ensure that communities have the knowledge and tools to prevent and respond to epidemic threats, and make sure their concerns are represented during global level conversations. This will be done by:
- Holding quarterly forums for engaged stakeholders from all human and animal sectors.
- Increasing international and national level funding for accountability frameworks and the implementation of Country Roadmaps.
- Maintaining international momentum and serving as the link between the global level and the needs of the stakeholders at the local level.
Currently, No More Epidemics is the 2017 Chair of the Global Health Security Agenda Consortium (GHSAC) and has important leadership roles on the Advisory Board for WHO’s Alliance for Country Assessments for Global Health Security and IHR Implementation and an observer on the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation’s (CEPI) Joint Coordination Group.