Expecting the unexpected: how Canada is helping to prevent the next disease outbreak
Craig Stephen, executive director of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, and Zee Leung of the International Development Research Centre recently co-authored an op-ed in response to the current Ebola outbreak. The article argues for investment directed at the basic drivers of emergence and resilience as a way to prepare for the inevitable emergence of a new disease problem.
“To protect ourselves against the next outbreak looming on the horizon, not only do we need emergency responses that work closely with communities, we also need to invest in healthy ecosystems and strong communities: clean and safe environments; nutritious and accessible sources of food; health education; basic sanitation; effective healthcare systems; and strong infection control.”
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