photo credit: Crystal Wells, International Medical Corps


Over the last 100 years at least half a billion people have died in infectious disease outbreaks and epidemics. While modern medicine has done much to eradicate threats such as smallpox, most of the greatest killers — flu, plague, tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS, cholera, and Ebola — still exist. Globalization, increased international travel, urbanization, deforestation and population pressures are increasing our exposure to infectious disease threats. The World Bank estimated that a moderately severe to severe pandemic could end up costing the global economy 570 billion dollars and the death of millions of people.

Unlike natural disasters we have the power to determine the intensity of an epidemic. Early intervention can prevent an outbreak from becoming an epidemic or ensure an epidemic does not become a pandemic.


Prevention is the first step in reducing the likelihood of outbreaks and other public health hazards and events. These publications highlight prevention efforts against epidemics worldwide and provide recommendations for the future.


These publications take a look at historical trends and highlight how rapid, effective response requires multi-sectoral, national, and international coordination and communication.

Health Systems Strengthening

These publications are a combination of roadmaps, guidelines, regulations, and evaluation criteria that focus on health systems strengthening in regards to the Global Health Security Agenda and ending epidemics.

Financing / Economic Impact

These publications highlight the financial and economic impacts that epidemics create at the national, regional, and global levels and provide recommendations on how to better mitigate the risks of future outbreaks.

Video Library

These videos focus on various themes related to global health security and epidemic threats.

Campaign Materials

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