Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Volume 95, Number 12, December 2017, 793-852
Options for financing pandemic preparedness
Patrick L Osewe
…In February 2018, the World Bank in partnership with WHO, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will host a regional event to define the core elements of a multisectoral pandemic preparedness plan, including planning and coordination mechanisms. In addition, during the Prince Mahidol Award Conference9 to be held in January 2018 in Bangkok, the World Bank will host a series of meetings to share lessons learnt from country implementation, as well as models for financing pandemic preparedness.
To ensure the success of pandemic financing preparedness, countries should engage in dialogue on the importance of investing in such preparedness. The World Bank’s early successes need to continue through partnerships to renew and sustain national, regional and global commitment and investments for pandemic preparedness and response.