This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Great Influenza, a historical pandemic that infected 500 million people around the world and claimed the lives of between 50 to 100 million. This devastating outbreak is the centerpiece of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s upcoming exhibition “Outbreaks: Epidemics in a Connected World”. The exhibit, which begins in May, will also explore modern day epidemics and emerging infectious diseases like SARS, HIV, Ebola and Zika and features real-time ProMED reporting.
Recently, USAID sat down with infectious disease experts and innovators from their Fighting Ebola and Combating Zika and Future Threats Challenges to discuss lessons learned from responding to previous disease outbreaks and the role that innovation can play in changing the trajectory of future outbreaks.
The result is a three-part podcast series “Are We Ready for the Next Outbreak?” In episode 1, “The Race to Preparedness”, leading infectious disease experts, including ProMED’s Assistant Director Maja Carrion, provide the broader context around current efforts in the prevention of and response to infectious disease outbreaks.Listen to the podcast