an initiative of Vital Strategies

Step up to preparedness for epidemics

We work with countries to "step up" their preparedness so they can make incremental, measurable progress toward sustainable health systems that protect their citizens from disease.

Our support focuses on working with countries to "Step Up" in critical areas assessed by the JEE.

Committing to a JEE is the first step

The Joint External Evaluation (JEE), a voluntary, externally-validated assessment of each country's ability to find, stop and prevent health threats, was developed to track preparedness around the world. Many countries still need to complete the JEE. Those that have completed the JEE are aware of their preparedness gaps and now need to step up.

But, we know progress is complex and daunting. There are hundreds of things that need to be improved to holistically prepare for the next epidemic and many people must coordinate to make progress.

What are we doing?

Our support focuses on working with countries to "Step Up" in critical areas assessed by the JEE. We help countries "Step Up" by making incremental changes that get them from red to yellow and yellow to green. This includes laboratory networks, disease surveillance systems, emergency response capabilities and a trained and ready workforce. Rapid, significant progress is possible.

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Resources

Step Up to Preparedness: Fact Sheet Why Preparedness is a Smart Investment: Factsheet The Cost of Not Being Prepared: Factsheet Country Vulnerability to Pandemic Economic Loss: Infographic Return on Investment for Epidemic Preparedness: Infographic The Cost of Ebola in West Africa: Infographic