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The World is unprepared for future disease risk

Joanne Parkinson

22nd September 2019

The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board have announced that the World is "grossly unprepared" for future pandemics.

Should the worst case scenario happen ...a disease spreads around the World quickly, killing millions of people - countries are not prepared to cope with this. The panic from the population, the outbreak in civil unrest as people try to stockpile food and retreat to their homes, the mass migration from the cities and the pressure on already stretched emergency services - all of these situations will occur if a pandemic strikes.

The threat of a pandemic with the ability to kill tens of millions of people in days is a real threat.

These diseases are emerging at an increasing rate due to climate change, urbanisation and the lack of sanitation in some areas. Conflict in areas which leads to migration is having a significant impact upon the distribution of diseases and causes issues when trying to control the spread. An example of this can be seen with the Ebola crisis; where there is a lack of trust between the DRC, Uganda and the communities affected. Human response to the outbreak has been hindered as a result of the fragmented communities.

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Joanne Parkinson

An experienced, outstanding Geography teacher, GCSE examiner and Head of Humanities in a 11-18 school. I'm passionate about all geographical events and am a keen blogger.

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