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Anticipation and response: pandemic influenza in Malawi, 2009.

Authors
  • Sambala, Evanson Z1
  • Manderson, Lenore1
  • 1 a School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences , University of the Witwatersrand , Johannesburg , South Africa. , (South Africa)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Global Health Action
Publisher
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2017
Volume
10
Issue
1
Pages
1341225–1341225
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/16549716.2017.1341225
PMID: 28753109
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

Participants stressed that in order to achieve a coordinated and successful response to mitigate and prevent the further transmission of pandemic influenza, good preparation was critical. The key elements which they identified as relevant for a rapid response included effective communications, robust evidence-based decision-making, strong and reliable surveillance systems and flexible public health responses. To effectively articulate a viable trajectory of pandemic responses, the potential value of simulation exercises could be given more consideration as a mean of sustaining good levels of preparedness and responses against future pandemics. These all demand a well-structured planning for and response to pandemic influenza strategy developed by a functioning scientific and policy advisory committee.

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