UK Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Strategy – 5 June 2014

Posted on June 6, 2014. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: , , |

UK Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Strategy – 5 June 2014

“Guidance on preparing for and responding to an influenza pandemic.

These updated scientific evidence base reviews cover The Use of Antivirals in an influenza pandemic, The Impact of Mass Gatherings on an influenza pandemic, The Use of Facemasks and Respirators during an Influenza Pandemic and The Impact of school closures on an influenza pandemic. They were commissioned by the Department of Health and undertaken by Public Health England. These reviews update and supplement the previous reviews undertaken in 2011 and continue to underpin the UK Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Strategy 2011.”

 

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

Posted on January 30, 2014. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Health Policy, Infectious Diseases | Tags: , |

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?”

… continues on the site

 

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Getting behind the curve, is the new NHS ready for pandemic flu? – Centre for Health and the Public Interest [UK] – 3 January 2014

Posted on January 10, 2014. Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Influenza A(H1N1) / Swine Flu | Tags: , |

Getting behind the curve, is the new NHS ready for pandemic flu? – Centre for Health and the Public Interest [UK] – 3 January 2014

“This report finds that reforms made to the NHS following the Health and Social Care Act of 2012 have impacted upon its ability to deal effectively with a possible flu pandemic. It highlights three potential problems which the new NHS now faces in dealing with a possible pandemic. A loss of expertise, personal relationships and institutional memory in dealing with public health emergencies from within the NHS as a result of the 2012 reforms, the lack of clear accountability arrangements and a ‘clear line of sight’ under the new system and the co-ordination of increasing numbers of private providers of NHS services in a health care system underpinned by contracts.”

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Tell Me – Transparent communication in Epidemics: Learning Lessons from experience, delivering effective Messages, providing Evidence – website

Posted on April 3, 2013. Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , , , |

Tell Me – Transparent communication in Epidemics: Learning Lessons from experience, delivering effective Messages, providing Evidence – website

“TELL ME will establish an integrated research project involving experts in social and behavioural sciences, communication and media, health professionals at various levels and specialties and representatives of civil society organisations to develop an evidence-based behavioural and communication package to respond to major epidemic outbreaks, notably flu pandemics. The main outcomes of TELL ME will be an Integrated Communication Kit for Outbreak Communication and simulation software to assess alternative communication strategies.”

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Global Risks 2013 – Eighth Edition – World Economic Forum – January 2013

Posted on January 23, 2013. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Infectious Diseases | Tags: , , , |

Global Risks 2013 – Eighth Edition – World Economic Forum – January 2013

Includes a section on – The Dangers of Hubris on Human Health

“Health is a critical system that is constantly being challenged, be it by emerging pandemics or chronic illnesses. Scientific discoveries and emerging technologies allow us to face such challenges, but the medical successes of the past century may also be creating a false sense of security. Arguably, one of the most effective and common means to protect human life – the use of antibacterial and antimicrobial compounds (antibiotics) – may no longer be readily available in the near future. Every dose of antibiotics creates selective evolutionary pressures, as some bacteria survive to pass on the genetic mutations that enabled them to do so. Until now, new antibiotics have been developed to replace older, increasingly ineffective ones. However, human innovation may no longer be outpacing bacterial mutation. None of the new drugs currently in the development pipeline may be effective against certain new mutations of killer bacteria that could turn into a pandemic. Are there ways to stimulate the development of new antibiotics as well as align incentives to prevent their overuse, or are we in danger of returning to a pre-antibiotic era in which a scratch could be potentially fatal?”

and on the  Costs of Living Longer

“We are getting better at keeping people alive for longer. Are we setting up a future society struggling to cope with a mass of arthritic, demented and, above all, expensive, elderly who are in need of long term care and palliative solutions?”

ISBN: 92-95044-50-9
978-92-95044-50-0

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