NO MORE EPIDEMICS® CAMPAIGN: A CALL TO ACTION

Leaders from the public and private sector in South Africa discuss the importance of epidemic prevention for businesses and communities at the launch of the No More Epidemics® campaign in Johannesburg in November 2015. (Photo Credit: Warren Zelman)

Leaders from the public and private sector in South Africa discuss the importance of epidemic prevention for businesses and communities at the launch of the No More Epidemics® campaign in Johannesburg in November 2015. (Photo Credit: Warren Zelman)

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While the science and the know-how to detect outbreaks exist, there is still a lack of leadership and coordination for epidemic prevention, preparedness and effective response.

In September 2015, MSH, the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), International Medical Corps, and Save the Children announced the No More Epidemics® campaign before global business leaders at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City. In November the campaign was officially launched in Johannesburg, South Africa, and endorsed by David Nabarro, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on the SDGs and then the Special Envoy on Ebola at the UN. 

A core belief that drives the No More Epidemics® campaign is that disease surveillance and epidemic preparedness cannot stand in isolation from strong health systems. While countries and partners may prioritize specific health issues, they must also invest in effective, integrated health systems that include strong disease surveillance and epidemic preparedness and response capabilities. Integrated prevention and response plans and strong leadership and coordination will protect people, save lives, and limit the impact of any epidemic. 

No More Epidemics® advocates for the mobilization of civil society and the business community to ensure greater prevention, preparedness, and response to the threat of epidemics. The campaign requires strong leadership from governments, nongovernmental organizations, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and the private sector. 

For more information on the No More Epidemics® campaign, contact Frank Smith, frank@nomoreepidemics.org.

No More Epidemics® Steering Committee members

 

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