Strengthening National Health Systems’ Capacity to Respond to Future Global Pandemics

Citation:

Edge, J.S. & Hoffman, S.J., 2015. Strengthening National Health Systems’ Capacity to Respond to Future Global Pandemics. In S. Davies & J. Youde, ed. The Politics of Surveillance and Responses to Disease Outbreaks. Surrey, UK. Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishing, pp. 157-179.
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Abstract:

The capacity to conduct international disease outbreak surveillance and share information about outbreaks quickly has empowered both State and Non-State Actors to take an active role in stopping the spread of disease by generating new technical means to identify potential pandemics through the creation of shared reporting platforms. Despite all the rhetoric about the importance of infectious disease surveillance, the concept itself has received relatively little critical attention from academics, practitioners, and policymakers. This book asks leading contributors in the field to engage with five key issues attached to international disease outbreak surveillance - transparency, local engagement, practical needs, integration, and appeal - to illuminate the political effect of these technologies on those who use surveillance, those who respond to surveillance, and those being monitored.

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