By Lexi Elo
Pate, a specialist in internal medicine and infectious diseases and a visiting adjunct professor at Duke Global Health Institute, North Carolina, is among 19 experts selected by the two premier research health institutions to analyse the major weaknesses in the global health system exposed by the Ebola outbreak, and offer workable recommendations for medium-to-long-term institutional changes required to address them.
Chaired by Dr. Peter Piot of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Co-Chaired by Dr. Ashish Jha of the Harvard Global Health Institute, Dr. Muhammad Pate of Duke Global Health Institute, and Dr. Devi Sridhar of the Edinburgh Medical School; the 19 international panelists represent varying backgrounds and areas of expertise. The Panel will hold its inaugural meeting in Boston, US this weekend.
“The Ebola crisis has laid bare the inadequacy of the global response. We need a thorough, careful analysis of what went wrong, and how we might do better in the future,” said Dr. Ashish Jha. “The Harvard Global Health Institute is pleased to partner with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to create a unique platform for assessing the global response in a way that leads to real actions for change.”
Over the course of several meetings in 2015, the panel will assess thematic areas including: leadership, coordination and advocacy; international rules; financing; operational response and operational research; and health technology R&D.
“International solidarity has had a positive impact in this outbreak and it is crucial we keep up the momentum to prepare fully for future threats. I look forward to working alongside these leading experts to strengthen global health systems and improve surveillance to enable early detection of the next epidemic,” said Dr. Peter Piot, co-discoverer of Ebola and Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Dr. Peter Piot, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (Chair)
Dr. Ashish Jha, Harvard Global Health Institute/Harvard School of Public Health (Co-chair)
Dr. Muhammad Pate, Duke Global Health Institute (Co-chair)
Dr. Devi Sridhar, Edinburgh Medical School (Co-chair)
Dr. Suerie Moon, Harvard Global Health Institute/Harvard School of Public Health/Harvard Kennedy School (Study Director)
Dr. Chelsea Clinton, Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation
Ms. Sophie Delaunay, Médecins Sans Frontières
Ms. Valnora Edwin, Campaign for Good Governance
Dr. Mosoka Fallah, Action Contre La Faim International (ACF)
Mr. David Fidler, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Dr. Eric Goosby, University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Larry Gostin, Georgetown University
Dr. David Heymann, Chatham House
Dr. Kelley Lee, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Gabriel Leung, The University of Hong Kong
Dr. Steve Morrison, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Dr. Jorge Saavedra, AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Mr. Elhadj As Sy, International Federation of Red Cross Societies
Dr. Marcel Tanner, Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute