Investing in national capacities to prevent, detect and respond to outbreaks of infectious disease and other potential health emergencies is a clear need, underscored by the 2013-6 West African Ebola crisis. Despite heightened political attention in the wake of multiple international outbreaks and strong consensus that prevention is better than reaction, financing preparedness remains a major challenge. Many health threats are unpredictable and episodic. Estimates of current investment levels and financing gaps are elusive. The need to jointly address “One Health” threats and the flatlining of development assisatnce for health further increases the complexities of financing outbreaks.

How can we increase, stabilise and strengthen financing for preparedness? How have leading countries and actors driven progress, and where do the biggest challenges remain?

Moderator:
• Ilona Kickbusch, Director, Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute, Geneva

Speakers include:
• Terhi Hakala, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva
• Elizabeth Wilde, Deputy Head of Mission, Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva
• Mpoki Ulisubisya, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Tanzania
• Björn Kümmel, Deputy Head of Division Global Health, Federal Ministry of Health, Germany
• Peter Graaff, Director of Global Initiatives, World Health Organization
• Catherine Machalaba, Policy Advisor, EcoHealth Alliance

The event will be followed by a reception.

Venue:
Conference Centre
Petal 5, Maison de la Paix
Geneva