WHO and the Governments of the Republic of Finland, the Republic of Indonesia and the French Republic will co-host a meeting on Sustainable preparedness for health security and resilience: Adopting a whole-of-society approach and breaking the “panic-then-forget” cycle on 1 October 2020.
This meeting will bring together Ministers of Health and beyond, UN agencies, partners and donors interested and involved in public health emergency preparedness and response. It will capture good practices and lessons learnt in countries, explore innovative ways to address challenges, and seize opportunities and advances made during the COVID-19 pandemic to build better preparedness against future health threats.
Key objectives of the session are to:
- Highlight experiences and lessons learnt by countries in emergency preparedness before and during the COVID-19 pandemic;
- Advocate for long-term, sustainable emergency preparedness through diplomacy, investments, capacity building, and health system strengthening;
- Advocate applying a whole-of-society approach in countries for sustainable emergency preparedness through effective multisectoral collaboration and community engagement.
This side event aims to highlight and advocate for long-term sustainable preparedness in the context of COVID-19. This includes through diplomacy, investments, capacity building, and health system strengthening. It will also emphasize the importance of applying a whole-of-society approach through effective multisectoral collaboration and community engagement. The expected outcomes include identification of key needs and challenges, increased dialogue on sustainable preparedness, and clear actions for stakeholders in building better from the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the vulnerability of countries and communities to the risks and impacts of health emergencies and disasters. The pandemic has demonstrated that many health threats require actions outside the ability of any single country or organization to address by themselves.
An effective response depends on local, multisectoral preparedness and response capacities as well as the coordinated ability of the international community to act. Unfortunately, past crises have also shown that attention and funding for emergency preparedness and response capacities tend to drop off once the acute response phase is over. The world needs to break this “panic-then-forget” cycle.
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