The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed major weaknesses in the global system for preventing, assessing and responding to outbreaks. The Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva just launched governingpandemics.org, a one-stop information source that tracks and analyzes developments across a wide range of issue areas related to pandemic preparedness and response.
This open-access website explores the limitations of current international arrangements, and identifies a series of reforms based on recommendations produced by international panels in order to support the global health community and contribute to international discussions.
"Policy reform debates are now starting to gather steam, but it's very challenging to keep track of all the issues, what's already been done, who has proposed what, and where things stand. We're aiming to provide the global community with an accessible, centralized, one-stop resource where they can easily find information that will help them to engage with these debates" said Suerie Moon, Co-Director of the Global Health Centre.
Led by Professors Suerie Moon, Ilona Kickbusch, Haik Nikogosian and Gian Luca Burci, the website will offer regularly-updated information on national and global preparedness, the International Health Regulations, WHO’s financing, the proposed pandemic treaty, access to countermeasures, and other issues that impact the pandemic ecosystem. This online portal will complement other efforts by the Global Health Centre including public conferences, workshops, briefings and other events to support government representatives, key negotiators, and civil society.