Pandemic Proof: Understanding Public Health Surveillance

November 17, 2022

Public heath surveillance enables effective monitoring of existing disease threats, swift identification of emerging outbreaks, and faster, more strategic responses—including during health emergencies like the current pandemic. How does it work, and how can it be done better?

On this episode of Pandemic Proof, Amanda Glassman is joined by two guests: Dr. Oliver Morgan, Director of the Health Emergency and Risk Assessment Department at the World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergencies Programme, and Dr. Theo Vos, Professor of Health Metrics Sciences at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).

Together, they examine the successes and limitations of public health surveillance during COVID-19; the infrastructure, incentives, and investments needed to strengthen capacity; and ways to ensure higher quality and more representative tracking of existing and emerging disease threats.


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