Strengthening national health systems capacity to respond to future global pandemics – McMaster University Health Forum Issue Brief – 4 November 2013

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Strengthening national health systems capacity to respond to future global pandemics – McMaster University Health Forum Issue Brief – 4 November 2013

Edge J, Gauvin FP, Hoffman SJ, Lavis JN. Issue Brief: Strengthening National Health Systems’ Capacity to Respond to Future Global Pandemics. Hamilton, Canada: McMaster Health Forum, 4 November 2013.

Extract from the Key Messages

“What’s the problem?
The challenges to strengthening national health systems’ capacity to respond to future global pandemics of infectious disease can be understood by considering six manifestations of, or contributors to, the problem:
1) pandemics challenge conventional systems of governance;
2) timely information sharing and evidence-informed decision-making is difficult;
3) domestic and international partners often encounter coordination problems;
4) public health and animal health perspectives can be difficult to reconcile when addressing emerging zoonoses;
5) antimicrobial resistance represents a growing threat; and
6) risk and protective factors for pandemics are changing.

Moreover, existing programs, health system arrangements and implementation strategies may not be optimal:
o programs and plans may limit capacity to respond to future pandemics;
o health system arrangements complicate matters; and
o some previously agreed upon courses of action have not been fully implemented.

What do we know about three elements of a comprehensive approach to address the problem?”

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