Second GPMB report released - A World in Disorder

15 September, 2020

In 2018 members of the World Health Organization and World Bank Group formed the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), to monitor the world's readiness to respond to outbreaks and health emergencies. After their inaugural meeting in September 2018, they released their first report in September 2019 called ‘A World at Risk.’

The second report by the GPMB has been released, titled ‘A World in Disorder.’ The report details the COVID-19 pandemic , and in particular the world’s “collective failure to take pandemic prevention, preparedness and response seriously and prioritize it accordingly.”

They find that COVID-19 transmission has been slowed in locations where “sufficient resources, cooperation, and organization were applied” while it has thrived in locations where “disarray, division and poverty reign” with devastating effects on society and the economy.

Five urgent action items are proposed by the Board:

  • Responsible leadership,
  • Engaged citizenship,
  • Strong and agile national and global systems for global health security,
  • Sustained investment in prevention and preparedness, commensurate with the scale of a pandemic threat,
  • Robust global governance of preparedness for health emergencies.

They urge that “the pandemic is far from over” and “it is well past the time to act.”

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