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What Can Global North Learn from Global South? Lessons from Past Pandemics and Epidemics

Jacobs is continuing a successful collaboration with the World Climate Foundation as a Contributing Strategic Partner in 2023. This year, Jacobs will share its prominent expertise in global health solutions at World Resilience Summit on 24 May 2023 in Geneva alongside the 76th World Health Assembly. Dr Nino Kharaishvili, Global Solutions Director for Health Systems Governance at Jacobs will participate in Roundtable 2 “Preparedness – The Untapped Potential of Public-Private Partnerships for Resilient Health Systems”.

This article introduces the latest report from Jacobs and FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute, reflecting the collective experience of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why did high-income countries that have historically ranked highly on pandemic readiness indices fare relatively worse in their initial response to COVID-19 than low- and middle-income countries that have historically ranked lower? What success factors might current evaluation methods overlook in these Global South countries? And how can policymakers and public health officials learn and better prepare for future epidemics and pandemics?

The report seeks to answer these questions and summarises a study that compiles and analyses interviews with public health officials in Global South countries and in the United States, offering recommendations to global and public health policymakers.


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About FasterCures

FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute, is working to build a system that is effective, efficient, and driven by a clear vision: patient needs above all else. We believe that transformative and life-saving science should be fully realised and deliver better treatments to the people who need them.


About the authors

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Esther Krofah, Executive Vice President, Health, FasterCures

Sung Hee Choe, Senior Director, FasterCures

Katie O’Connor, Senior Associate, FasterCures

Alisha Sud, Associate Director, FasterCures

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