Disease Outbreak Preparedness

Outbreaks of infectious diseases have always taken place, the plague in the middle Ages, cholera in the 19th century, and the influenza epidemics in the 20th century.

We can't stop outbreaks happening. But we can better prepare to reduce their impact.

Large-scale disease outbreaks, such as diphtheria in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, and recurrent epidemics such as cholera and Lassa fever,

Highlight the need for robust local and, if necessary, international preparedness and rapid responses to save lives. When an outbreak is undetected, and a response is not triggered rapidly and effectively,