Making Preparation Count: Lessons from the Avian Influenza by WHO Regional Office for Europe

By WHO Regional Office for Europe

This publication describes the outbreak of human circumstances of avian influenza in Turkey and the nationwide and overseas reaction. Drawing on interviews with the various key medical examiners and significant organizations concerned - the eu Centre for ailment Prevention and regulate (ECDC), the United international locations kid's Fund (UNICEF), the meals and Agriculture association of the United international locations (FAO) and the realm enterprise for Animal well-being (OIE), in addition to WHO - it issues out sensible classes that nationwide and foreign public healthiness companies and policy-makers can use to reply successfully to destiny outbreaks and a potential avian influenza pandemic.

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Building international public health capacity The more we learn each time, the better we are prepared for the next time. I was asked to take over the coordination in Turkey in the second half of January. I came in through the Global Alert and Response Network, which my institute is part of. The Network’s partners are called upon whenever a need for experts emerges. When we can, we respond. I myself have been on similar missions in Angola, China and Viet Nam. It is essential that WHO runs such a system for summoning experts globally.

This task is sometimes called “communications surveillance”. … d. The public’s concerns must be appreciated even if they seem unfounded. … e. Risk communication messages should include information about what the public can do to make themselves safer. … 5. Planning … Risk communication should be incorporated into preparedness planning for major events and in all aspects of an outbreak response.

The immediate availability of senior staff with extensive experience allowed WHO to arrange the joint mission quickly. The first members of the mission team arrived in Ankara within 24 hours of the call from the Ministry of Health; others followed soon after. Upon arrival, the team immediately began collaborating closely with the Ministry, meeting, sharing information and working together in a designated crisis room. As explained to the media, the WHO-led mission had several objectives: • to support the Ministry of Health; • to investigate and control the outbreak through laboratory support (from the National Institute for Medical Research in London, United Kingdom), epidemiology, patient management and animal control measures; • to use its investigations to make public health recommendations; • to increase global knowledge of the H5N1 avian influenza in humans; and • to improve global pandemic preparedness.

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