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Shifting the paradigm: using disease outbreaks to build resilient health systems.

Durski KN, Osterholm M, Majumdar SS, Nilles E, Bausch DG, Atun R


► Disease outbreaks and health emergencies can push health systems to a breaking point, especially fragile systems.

► Building resilient and responsive health systems is an imperative for the global health community and there is an important opportunity to address health systems strengthening activities during outbreak response.

► The resources dedicated to outbreaks create organisational infrastructure, capacity and networks that can be leveraged to simultaneously strengthen health systems.

► It is necessary to shift the current paradigm of managing outbreaks to include health system strengthening as a critical component of the response. We identify 10 activities that could be implemented during health emergencies to achieve this goal.

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  • Journal: BMJ Global Health
  • Published: 01/05/2020
  • Volume: 5
  • Issue: 5
  • Pagination: e002499