Over half a billion people have died in epidemics over the last century. While rich countries have the means to protect their populations, poorer countries lack the capacity to prevent, detect and respond to outbreaks before they become epidemics. This puts the whole of humanity at risk.
By mobilizing partners from civil society, the private sector and academia No More Epidemics is holding governments accountable to work together to address the threats posed by infectious disease epidemics.
No More Epidemics is calling on governments to close critical gaps in our defenses against infectious diseases by investing in health systems, especially in the low and middle income countries, and by working with communities to ensure they are better prepared for outbreaks.
Trajectory of an Epidemic
Infectious disease outbreaks are common – it is our response to these outbreaks that can help shorten their duration and lessen their severity. In countries with robust health systems, outbreaks are identified and contained quickly, limiting the impact on human life and reducing potential economic costs. In countries where the health system is weaker, an outbreak can take hold and spread rapidly. By the time it has been detected it may have spread beyond the community, to cities and abroad, claiming countless lives and impacting on trade and the economy. The additional burden on already weak health systems can lead to many more needless deaths. Outbreaks must be identified quickly and stopped early to protect lives.