Views from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Independent panel on the global response to Ebola

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Harvard Global Health Institute have convened an Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola. The Panel is holding its inaugural meeting in Boston this weekend. It will analyse the major weaknesses in the global health system exposed by the Ebola outbreak, and offer workable recommendations for medium-to-long-term institutional changes required to address them.

Chaired by Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Co-Chaired by Dr Ashish Jha of the Harvard Global Health Institute, Dr Muhammad Pate of Duke University, and Dr Devi Sridhar of the Edinburgh Medical School; the 19 international panelists represent varying backgrounds and areas of expertise.

Prof Piot, co-discoverer of Ebola, said: “International solidarity has had a positive impact in this outbreak and it is crucial we keep up the momentum to prepare fully for future threats. I look forward to working alongside these leading experts to strengthen global health systems and improve surveillance to enable early detection of the next epidemic.”

Dr Ashish Jha added: “The Ebola crisis has laid bare the inadequacy of the global response. We need a thorough, careful analysis of what went wrong, and how we might do better in the future. The Harvard Global Health Institute is pleased to partner with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to create a unique platform for assessing the global response in a way that leads to real actions for change.”

Over the course of several meetings in 2015, the panel will assess thematic areas including: leadership, coordination and advocacy; international rules; financing; operational response and operational research; and health technology R&D.

Complete list of panelists:

  • Prof Peter Piot, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (Chair)
  • Dr Ashish Jha, Harvard Global Health Institute/Harvard School of Public Health (Co-chair)
  • Dr Muhammad Pate, Duke University (Co-chair)
  • Dr Devi Sridhar, Edinburgh Medical School (Co-chair)
  • Dr Suerie Moon, Harvard Global Health Institute/Harvard School of Public Health/Harvard Kennedy School (Study Director)
  • Dr Chelsea Clinton, Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation
  • Ms Sophie Delaunay, Médecins Sans Frontières
  • Ms Valnora Edwin, Campaign for Good Governance
  • Dr Mosoka Fallah, Action Contre La Faim International (ACF)
  • Mr David Fidler, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  • Dr Eric Goosby, University of California, San Francisco
  • Dr Larry Gostin, Georgetown University
  • Dr David Heymann, Chatham House
  • Dr Kelley Lee, Simon Fraser University
  • Dr Gabriel Leung, The University of Hong Kong
  • Dr Steve Morrison, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Dr Jorge Saavedra, AIDS Healthcare Foundation
  • Mr Elhadj As Sy, International Federation of Red Cross Societies
  • Dr Marcel Tanner, Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute

Image: Ebola virus. Credit: Flickr/CDC.

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