Jan 13, 2016

The Neglected Dimension of Global Security: A Framework to Counter Infectious Disease Crises

Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future (GHRF Commission)
  • Outlines 26 recommendations written by 17 commissioners from 12 countries aided by input from more than 250 experts who spoke at four public meetings organized by the U.S. National Academy of Medicine over 2015
  • Estimates that the global expected economic loss from potential pandemics could average more than $60 billion per year
  • Recommends that the world spend about $4.5 billion more each year to bolster the ability of countries to respond to pandemics (an estimated $3.4 billion of the called-for $4.5 billion would go toward upgrading public health capacities in every country, which includes adequately training a work force that can quickly detect and respond to outbreak)
  • Urges the world to learn from the many mistakes made during the Ebola epidemic and revamp how it collectively responds to infectious disease crises