“And in the acquisition of wealth there is a principle of order and harmony which he will also observe; he will not allow himself to be dazzled by the foolish applause of the world, and heap up riches to his own infinite harm?
Certainly not, he said.
He will look at the city which is within him, and take heed that no disorder occur in it, such as might arise either from superfluity or from want; and upon this principle he will regulate his property and gain or spend according to his means.”
“The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) is an independent monitoring and accountability body to ensure preparedness for global health crises.” WHO
The GPMB in its Annual Report has succinctly captured a phenomenon which I have been lamenting about for some time – money in the bank! Of what use are resources piled up in a world falling daily into disorder? Rather than use resources to solve the problems in the world, they are stock piled, just as the world seems to be moving from disorder to disorder.
Financial markets and stock brokers are daily highlights and talking points on all major media outlets. If the state of the world’s preparedness was to get such attention, with preparedness dashboards transmitted on hourly basis and all the ups and downs stressed to the world, perhaps we can avoid the disorder such as the one caused by COVID-19 and others. Most persons have no formal training in trading, financial markets and stocks, but because of how we have been hounded by these markets, almost all can make informed comments and decisions on financial markets; so it must be for health security and preparedness! There is no other way, everyone must know the basics about health security as we do for money, otherwise, we will just be piling up wealth to our own detriment as Socrates has mentioned in the opening quote.
Below are some Urgent Actions recommended by the GPMB Annual Report aptly titled “A World in Disorder”, these should be food for thought for all – citizens and leaders, but especially leaders! Lead!!Get cracking!!!
“We call for engaged citizenship
— Citizens demand accountability from their governments for health emergency preparedness, which requires that governments empower their citizens and strengthen civil society.
— Every individual takes responsibility for seeking and using accurate information to educate themselves, their families and their communities. They adopt health- promoting behaviours and take actions to protect the most vulnerable. They advocate for these actions within their communities.
We call for strong and agile national and global systems for global health security
— Heads of government strengthen national systems for preparedness: identifying, predicting and detecting the emergence of pathogens with pandemic potential based on a ‘One Health’ approach that integrates animal and human health; building core public health capacities and workforce for surveillance, early detection and sharing of information on outbreaks and similar events; strengthening health systems based on universal health coverage with surge capacity for clinical and supportive services; and putting in place systems of social protection to safeguard the vulnerable, leaving no one behind.
— Researchers, research institutions, research funders, the private sector, governments, the World Health Organization and international organizations improve coordination and support for research and development in health emergencies …
— Heads of government renew their commitment to the multilateral system and strengthen WHO as an impartial and independent international organization, responsible for directing and coordinating pandemic preparedness and response
We call for robust global governance of preparedness for health emergencies
— State Parties to the International Health Regulations (IHR), or the WHO Director-General, propose amendments of the IHR to the World Health Assembly, to include: strengthening early notification and comprehensive information sharing; intermediate grading of health emergencies; development of evidence- based recommendations …
— National leaders, the World Health Organization, the United Nations and other international organizations develop predictive mechanisms for assessing multisectoral preparedness, including simulations and exercises …
— The Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, and the heads of International Financing Institutions convene a UN Summit on Global Health Security, with the aim of agreeing on an international framework for health emergency preparedness and response ….
Excerpts from: Global Preparedness Monitoring Board. A World in Disorder. Global Preparedness Monitoring Board Annual Report 2020. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2020. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.
This is me from my small corner, taking Urgent Action as recommended by the GPMB, will you take action? Or will you make what Aristotle say true? For he said, all knowledge required for progress is known but man has refused to use it! This has always been the problem and not scarcity of resources as widely believed. Resources have never really been the problem. Here is my article on resources, and other related themes in this write up:
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