Global Health Security: Outbreak Readiness and Business Insight Tool

This project will consider pathways and requirements associated with developing a first-of-its-kind "dashboard" to enable companies to visualize estimates of expected costs to their business associated with infectious disease outbreaks. 

While predicting where and when the next outbreak will occur is still an evolving science, it is possible to identify factors that make companies more or less vulnerable to suffering financial losses from infectious disease events. Factors such as the geographic location of companies’ workforces, customer base and supply chains, along with the nature and structure of their business can all help inform estimates of their vulnerability to disease outbreaks. Helping companies properly understand their risks will enable them to take action to reduce their exposure and improve their resilience to infectious disease crises. In doing this, companies not only act in their own commercial interests, but also help mitigate the potentially devastating impacts of infectious disease, both in human and economic terms.

    Objectives


    1. Raise awareness among world leaders and leading companies of the economic and commercial risks posed by infectious disease outbreaks and to identify opportunities to mitigate these risks.

    2. Develop a prototype corporate infectious disease risk dashboard, informed by the commercial needs of businesses.

    3. Develop recommendations on how to successfully implement such a tool such that it supports public-private cooperation to strengthen health security.

    4. Create a community of actors and interest, as well as a knowledge-base, to support subsequent related efforts.

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