WHO opens new hub for pandemic and epidemic intelligence
- Published: Thursday, 02 September 2021 08:21
To better prepare for and protect the world from novel disease threats, the World Health Organization (WHO) has opened a new WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence, based in Berlin. The facility was officially opened on 1st September by German Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
“The world needs to be able to detect new events with pandemic potential and to monitor disease control measures on a real-time basis to create effective pandemic and epidemic risk management,” said Dr Tedros. “This Hub will be key to that effort, leveraging innovations in data science for public health surveillance and response, and creating systems whereby we can share and expand expertise in this area globally.”
The WHO Hub, which is receiving an initial investment of US$ 100 million from the Federal Republic of Germany, will harness broad and diverse partnerships across many professional disciplines, and the latest technology, to link the data, tools, and communities of practice. The WHO Hub will support the work of public health experts and policy-makers in all countries with the tools needed to forecast, detect and assess epidemic and pandemic risks so they can take rapid decisions to prevent and respond to future public health emergencies.
The WHO Hub is initially operating from a facility provided by the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin but will soon move to a permanent campus at the heart of Berlin in Kreuzberg.