Another good find by Lucie Lecomte, this one in The Guardian: Preventing contagion: 18 steps to preparing for an epidemic. Excerpt:
Adam Ritchie, science and public policy lecturer, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University
Stop relying on Europe and the US to control epidemics:
More African universities, scientists and doctors doing research and who drive their own agendas based on local needs, would help Africans deal with these issues directly.
Don’t neglect evaluation in the rush to deal with emergencies:
To move forward we need to learn from each epidemic. The Independent Evaluation Group have produced 10 tips for responding to Ebola and evaluation.
Consider big data’s place in preparing for epidemics:
We’ve all heard about Google being quicker to notice flu outbreaks than health authorities, due to people using the search engine to look up symptoms. However, such concepts have failed to live up to their potential, eg eHealth and mobile health.
Pamela Steele, director and principal consultant, Pamela Steele Associates Ltd, Oxford
Developing countries must create their own national preparedness strategies:
African governments need to be working together with their health institutions and disaster risk reduction teams at all times. Countries not affected yet by Ebola should by now have tested their systems, processes, knowledge and understanding of them.
Encourage behaviour change before epidemics:
The more we invest in behaviour change communication at a household and community level, the less overwhelmed hospitals will be during an epidemic. Advocacy for behaviour change has worked for HIV and Aids.
Stop supply issues becoming the issue during an epidemic:
It is easy for fragile supply chain infrastructure to crumble during a disaster. No one seems to know what is required or where to get it from at the right quality. Make contingency plans for getting supplies.