Preventing epidemics and pandemics – Preventing epidemics and … – World Health Organization


The number of high-threat infectious hazards continues to rise; some of these are re-emerging and others are new. While outbreaks of vaccine-preventable infectious diseases, such as meningococcal disease, yellow fever and cholera, can have disastrous effects in areas with limited health infrastructure and resources, and where timely detection and response is difficult.

WHO develops global strategies for the prevention and control of epidemic-prone diseases, such as yellow fever, cholera and influenza. With partners from a wide range of technical, scientific and social fields, WHO brings together all globally available resources to counter these high-threat infectious hazards and scale these strategies to regional and country levels. 

Flagship global strategies include: 
WHO is also the secretariat for the governance of global emergency stockpiles, including the International Coordinating Group on Vaccine Provision, which manages and coordinates the provision of emergency vaccine supplies and antibiotics to countries during major outbreaks.
61 million people vaccinated against yellow fever in 24 countries in Africa in 2018.
WHO has 400 million doses of pandemic vaccine secured for use in the next influenza pandemic.
20.8 million doses of oral cholera vaccine were shipped to 10 countries in 2018.
Building peace in fragile and conflict settings through health
Minimizing health risks at airports, ports and ground crossings
Managing health risks during mass gatherings
More than a million people receive cholera vaccine in DRC
Partners join forces in Brazil to eliminate yellow fever epidemics in the world
WHO launches emergency measles vaccination campaign
WHO launches funding appeal to help a record number of people in complex, intersecting health emergencies
8th WHO Technical Taskforce: Defeating Meningitis by 2030 – A Global Road Map
Statement by Principals of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee on Afghanistan: Women’s participation in aid delivery must continue
Football and flu
GISAID and WHO Global Influenza Programme Bioinformatics Workshop held between 27-29th September 2022 in Belfast, United Kingdom
South-East Asia stakeholder forum for pandemic influenza preparedness
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Recent public health emergencies, such as the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa (2014–2015), the emergence of the Zika virus syndrome in…
Humanitarian emergencies often involve the displacement of large numbers of people. Those affected are frequently settled in temporary locations with high…
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Ebola virus disease
International Health Regulations
Yellow fever
Meningococcal meningitis
Haemorrhagic fevers, Viral


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