The World Health Organization designated Sunday as the first International Day of Epidemic Preparedness.
It was called for by the United Nations General Assembly “to advocate the importance of the prevention of, preparedness for and partnership against epidemics,” WHO said, adding that they work closely with governments “to support efforts to build strong emergency and epidemic preparedness systems, as part of an overall approach to advance universal health coverage and strengthen primary health care systems.”
In a video statement shared by WHO, director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that it is hard to believe that Covid-19 was completely unknown only a year ago, and that the impacts of the pandemic have gone far beyond the disease itself, with far reaching consequence for societies and economies.
“None of this should come as a surprise,” Tedros said, adding that there have been many reports, reviews and recommendations saying the same thing over the years: “the world is not prepared for a pandemic.”
Tedros said that everyone must learn from the lessons being taught by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“History tells us that this will not be the last pandemic, and epidemics are a fact of life,” Tedros said. “But with investments in public health, supported by an all of government, all of society, one health approach, we can ensure that our children and their children inherit a safer, more resilient and more sustainable world.”