If there is anything that we have learned from the Ebola crisis and the Zika outbreak in the Americas is that public health surveillance and response systems are critical to ensuring health security at the national and global levels. Health systems that ensure strong surveillance and rapid response to disease threats are the key to minimizing the […]
Anthropologists play a key role in responding to public health emergencies, particularly infectious disease outbreaks. However, in the early stages of the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, many of the response teams sent by Doctors Without Borders, the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. military, etc. failed to include anthropologists. In the face of resistance to treatment […]
The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law was pleased to attend Georgetown University’s Global Futures Initiative lecture by Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization on the “Global Future of Governance.” Members of our team were invited to submit responses to the Global Futures Initiative blog, which are excerpted below. […]
Excitement and promise are the prevailing reactions to the interim results of the Ebola vaccine rVSV-ZEBOB (also known as the “Canadian vaccine”) trial. To date, the vaccine has proven 100% successful and shown to have few side effects, which particularly impressive for a live vaccine. In addition, it has been well tolerated. As expected, many […]
This post was written by O’Neill Institute Faculty Director, Lawrence O. Gostin. It originally appeared in JAMA Forum. The original posting can be found here. In the aftermath of an unconscionably inadequate response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, this year’s World Health Assembly was seen as critically important to the future of the […]
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