Prevent Epidemics

Prevent epidemics is an open-source tool raising awareness for epidemic preparedness, through the generation of country-level data and risk-maps based on a ready score.  The ready score is based on Joint External Evaluation (JEE).

“ReadyScore is calculated using data from the Joint External Evaluation (JEE), a rigorous, objective and internationally-accepted epidemic preparedness assessment developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other partners”.

– PreventEpidemics.org

The ready score can be sub-categorised into the following categories:

  • Better Prepared (80% or higher)
    Country has a robust system to find, stop and prevent health threats. Should an outbreak start to spread, they should be able to find and stop it quickly to minimize the impact on human health, but they must remain vigilant.
  • Work to Do (40-79%)
    Country has assessed their ability to find, stop and prevent health threats. The results show they have some functioning systems in place should an outbreak start to spread. However, there is room for improvement and lives could be lost if a new health threat emerges.
  • Not Ready (39% or lower)
    Country has assessed their ability to find, stop and prevent health threats and identified significant gaps. They are committed to improving epidemic preparedness, but an outbreak today could cause numerous deaths and spread to neighboring countries and the world.
  • In Progress
    Country has began the external evaluation process but no data is available at this time. There is not a robust way of knowing whether this country is prepared for an epidemic, but there will be in the near future.
  • Unknown
    Country has not volunteered to have an external, transparent evaluation of their ability to find, stop and prevent health threats. Without this robust assessment we cannot be certain they are ready prevent epidemics [1].

 

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In addition to the ready score, the site also indexes activity according to available outbreak news from validated sources to keep concerned citizens and neighbouring countries updated.

 

References 

[1] Resolve to Save Lives, an Initiative of Vital Strategies. (2018, 09, 03). Retrieved from http://preventepidemics.org

Visit the site and find out more: https://preventepidemics.org/

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