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Preparing for an influenza pandemic

Contingency planning for an event that will occur at an undetermined time in the future is difficult, particularly in the face of limited resources and other urgent problems and priorities, especially in developing countries. However, there are two main reasons to invest in pandemic preparedness.

  1. Improving public health infrastructure through pandemic planning has immediate and lasting benefits, increasing overall response capacity for all threats to public health.
  2. Strengthening coordination mechanisms at national and international levels contributes to better global preparedness and response for disasters and public health emergencies.

WHO has developed a global influenza preparedness planthat outlines the responsibilities of WHO and national authorities in the event of an influenza pandemic. WHO also offers guidance tools and training to assist in the development of national pandemic preparedness plans.

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