5 Key Changes to Prevent the Next Pandemic

5 Key Changes to Prevent the Next Pandemic

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Pierre Meyer started this petition to The Government of the United Kingdom

Every day, at least one cell in your body becomes cancerous, which is an enormously frightening thought. Thankfully, in normal, day-to-day cases, our immune systems rapidly coordinate appropriate responses to eliminate these threats.

As we all know, our immune systems are far from perfect, and often, threats pass by undetected before it's far too late. Similarly, many health care systems have flaws in their disease surveillance structures, which then allow for infections to start pushing their way through into the anatomy of our societies.

With a world in incredible pain, it's clear that we need to push our health care systems to become better. Below are five things we need to demand of our government (many of which are based off of recommendations made by Harvard University academics after the Ebola pandemic) that will reform healthcare in the UK, so that we do not allow diseases to cross borders again, not just within the Kingdom, but globally as well: 

1) Every-day disease surveillance, not just now, but in a world post-Covid-19. This sounds complicated, but in principle, all it involves is getting our local communities far more engaged with identifying irregular and/or worrying symptoms in people. This could be as simple as introducing daily 30 second surveys that survey for any symptoms of disease, when you switch on your computer at work, for example, that are then immediately sent off to the government for analysis, to constantly engage with people on a day-to-day basis about their health. NO MORE DELAYED RECOGNITION OF OUTBREAKS. 

2) Stricter qualifications requirements for the job as Minister of Health. We need people trained with degrees that are specific to health, e.g. global health, nursing, medicine etc. Previously, politicians have taken these roles with varying suitability to the job. We also need people who have years and years of experience with handling all sorts of medical issues on huge scales. 

3) The WHO's (World Health Organisation) International Health Regulations (a set of international laws) need to demand that research and development companies cooperate with one another much more effectively, on an international scale, in times of declared emergency, to speed up the initiative to find, e.g. vaccines. The UK Government need to push for this even more. 

4) A PERMANENT global health body within the UN, independent from the WHO, that can exert more authority than the WHO is currently showing. International laws around the world are not being enforced, resulting in varying degrees of effective disease prevention and control in different countries, which makes the global initiative weaker and uncoordinated in times of emergency. The WHO needs a guiding hand when it comes to authority in the international community. We need STRONG leadership, that can hold nations accountable and achieve goals around the world. The UK Government need to push for this too.

5) International laws need to be put in place to ban trade and travel restrictions (if established for health concerns) before the WHO has announced that this is necessary. By giving countries with epidemics reassurance that we will protect their economies whilst providing aid, they will be much more likely to report diseases earlier. This means countries will be less likely to cover things up, and more likely to ask for help. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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