Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsNGOZI ERONDU: Welcome to Week 3. I'm Ngozi Erondu, Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House. Over the last two weeks, we have explored a number of important issues relating to outbreak preparedness and response in low- and middle-income countries. In week 1, we started with the review of the history of infectious disease outbreaks, then moved on to look at current threats of large epidemics and pandemics. We debated whether resources should be invested in outbreaks versus other public health priorities, and we unpacked how outbreaks unfold, describing the multidisciplinary teams involved in effective outbreak preparedness and response.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsIn week 2, we focused on the importance of outbreak preparedness, detailing the types of surveillance, risk assessment, and reporting systems that are needed, and how these differ in fragile settings. We also explored the funding and coordination structures related to outbreak response. And lastly, looked at the role of ethics and research in outbreak preparedness and response. In this final week, we will look at new and continuing challenges in outbreak response and how we can navigate what lies ahead. There will be the opportunity to learn more about interventions used by a multidisciplinary outbreak team during a response.

Skip to 1 minute and 30 secondsWe will conclude by exploring lessons learned from outbreaks and share insights on what outbreak preparedness and response will look like in the future, including changing innovation and modern technology. In addition, we will host a live question and answer session this week, where a panel of global experts will answer your questions. You can send questions in the comment box for this in Step 3.3. This will be a dynamic and informative session, which we highly recommend. We hope you enjoy our final week together. Please do continue to share your experiences and interact with your peers in the comments area of each step.

Welcome to Week 3

In this step, Ngozi Erondu (Chatham House) introduces our topic for Week 3: “Responding to outbreaks now and in the future”. This week, we will cover a range of topics from new and continuing challenges in outbreak response to lessons learned from past outbreaks.

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Disease Outbreaks in Low and Middle Income Countries

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine