The work of the Pandemic Supply Chain Network intersects with ongoing global efforts to improve pandemic preparedness and response. Below are links to complementary efforts in several key areas, including logistics and customs, preparedness and health systems strengthening, risk assessment, and financing.
Logistics & Customs
The crux of a successful pandemic response is the availability of supplies and timely delivery of critically needed health items. Without a supply chain, there is no response. Supply chains rely on strong logistics capacities, including efficient customs processing and reporting. These efforts are examples of work that proactively address logistics and customs challenges.
The potential impact of a global pandemic is catastrophic and unlike the impact of other major threats facing the world today. A pandemic would have direct public health impacts in the form of unprecedented morbidity and mortality, but also cascading impacts on society and the global economy. These efforts are examples work to understand the unique risks that pandemics pose.
Preparedness & Health Systems Strengthening
A true pandemic will stress existing health systems to a breaking point. In order for the world to be adequately prepared for the next pandemic, comprehensive approaches are needed to support preparedness and strengthen global health systems. These efforts are examples of work to assess and improve upon existing national and international capacities and to proactively develop procedures for pandemic response.
Disease outbreaks, including outbreaks of emerging diseases with pandemic potential, are inevitable. However, a strong, well-organized, and early response to outbreaks of international concern can prevent a global pandemic. Such a response will rely on the availability of sufficient funds to mobilize an appropriate response in the early stages of an outbreak. These efforts are examples to address financing pandemic response.