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Conference

Pandemics and Epidemics

Prevention, preparedness, response and recovery

12 Oct 2015 - 09:30 to 13 Oct 2015 - 13:30

Chatham House, London

From influenza and SARS to Ebola, what lessons have been learned from recent outbreaks of deadly infectious diseases in terms of preparedness and capacity to respond to and prevent these outbreaks? 

The Ebola outbreak in 2014 highlighted the world’s continuing extraordinary vulnerability to the threat of infectious diseases. The collective efforts of governments and the international community proved inadequate to prevent an outbreak of disease in West Africa turning into a major international crisis. This followed close on the heels of the Influenza A (H1N1) pandemic in 2009, and other notable recent outbreaks such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 and H5N1 in 1997. This is despite international efforts to combat the spread of these diseases for more than 150 years. 

What are the lessons to learn from how these diseases were tackled? What needs to be done to ensure a better response to future outbreaks? How can local and global capacity be improved? 

Chatham House will bring together representatives from governments, international organizations, NGOs, medicine and industry to address critical issues of response, prevention and capacity building, at local and international level.

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To enable as open a debate as possible, this conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

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Pricing

For any questions about which rate applies to you, please call +44 (0)20 7314 2785. 

                       FULL RATE
 EXCL. VATINCL. VAT
Major corporate member rates  
All organizations£625£750
Corporate member rates  
Commercial organizations£1,360£1,632
Government departments£795£954
NGOs and academics£525£630
Standard rates  
Commercial organizations£1,495£1,794 
Government departments£895£1,074
NGOs and academics£580£696
 

Monday 12 October
09:30

Chair’s opening remarks
Professor David Heymann, Head and Senior Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House

Opening address
Dr Joanne Liu, International President, Médecins Sans Frontières

Overview | High-level discussion: Recent Outbreaks - What Went Wrong and What Went Right?
09:55–11:00

This opening discussion will seek to identify lessons from the experience of recent outbreaks for the management of outbreaks at the local and global level.

  • What systemic strengths and weaknesses have been exposed in the local and international responses to recent outbreaks of deadly diseases? 
  • What key areas need attention if national and international responses are to be improved?  

Chair
Professor David Heymann, Head and Senior Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House

Panellists
Dr Joanne Liu, International President, Médecins Sans Frontières
Dr Bernard Vallat, Director General, World Organisation for Animal Health 
Dr Brian McCloskey, Director of Global Health, Public Health England
Dr Michael Ryan, Member of the Advisory Group on the Ebola Virus Disease Response, World Health Organization 

Questions and discussion

11:00–11:30 Refreshments

Session One | Health Systems and the International Health Regulations
11:30-13:00

This session will explore the vulnerabilities in health systems in affected countries and how national responses to outbreaks could be improved in the context of the existing International Health Regulations (IHR).

  • How can national health systems be improved?
  • What can be done to strengthen systems for disease surveillance and response?
  • How can global health stakeholders engage with each other more effectively to strengthen health systems and improve preparedness for global health emergencies? 

Chair
Robert Marten, Senior Program Associate, The Rockefeller Foundation

Speakers
Dr Harvey Fineberg, President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and President, Institute of Medicine (2002-14) 
Dr Sarbani Chakraborty, Senior Director, Global Public Policy, GA&P, Merck Serono 

Questions and discussion

13:00-14:00 Lunch

Session Two | The International Response to Outbreaks
14:00-15:30

Moderated panel discussion
This discussion assesses the international response to recent crises and the adequacy of international response mechanisms in providing technical and financial support to affected countries. 

  • How can the preparedness of the international actors be improved in terms of technical and financial resources?
  • Is there a need for a special fund so that resources are immediately available for timely responses to outbreaks?
  • Are the leadership and coordinating functions of different international agencies sufficiently defined? 
  • Are there adequate arrangements for coordinating assistance provided by government agencies, NGOs and the private sector? 

Chair
Anthony Banbury, Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support, UN and Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response

Panellists
Dr Rebecca Martin, Director of the Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
Dr Trevor Mundel, President, Global Heath Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr Michael von Bertele, Humanitarian Director, Save the Children 
Dr Emmanuel d'Harcourt, Senior Health Director, International Rescue Committee
Donal Brown, Director, Global Funds and Senior Representative, Department for International Development

Questions and discussion

15:30-16:00 Refreshments

Session Three | Economic Implications and Recovery
16:00-17:45

Disease outbreaks have serious economic repercussions that cause hardship for many more people than those directly affected. This session examines how the adverse economic impact might be addressed.

  • What policy options are open to governments and the international community to mitigate adverse economic impacts?
  • Do some measures taken for public health reasons have a disproportionate economic impact? 
  • How can vulnerable sectors in low and middle income economies be made more resilient to major disease outbreaks? 
  • How can international companies operating in affected countries deploy their resources most effectively to combat the effects of deadly outbreaks?
  • How does the ‘fear factor’ determine the responses of key actors and how can such responses be managed to minimize economic impacts? 

Chair
Dr Ann Marie Kimball, Senior Consulting Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House 

Speakers
Dr David Evans, Senior Economist, Africa Region, World Bank 
Richard Smith, Professor of Health System Economics, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 
Peter Harvey, GM HSSEC – Diamonds and Minerals, Rio Tinto

Questions and discussion

17:45 End of day one and reception hosted by Chatham House


Tuesday 13 October
09:30

Session Four | Research, Development and Innovation
09:30-11:00

Moderated panel discussion
This discussion looks at the role of medical and health innovation in developing interventions to prevent and treat deadly infectious diseases.

  • How can the scientific, regulatory and economic challenges in developing vaccines and treatments for certain diseases be addressed?
  • How can private and public drug developers be stimulated to undertake the necessary research and development?
  • In the context of wider commercial considerations, how can drug developers ensure appropriate levels of investment to develop treatments for rare infectious diseases?
  • How can the process towards new vaccines and drugs for potential pandemic diseases be accelerated, and the risk of bottlenecks in development and distribution be reduced? 

Chair
Andrew Jack, Head of Curated Content, Financial Times

Panellists
Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General - Health Systems and Innovation, World Health Organization
Dr Luciana Borio, Acting Chief Scientist, US Food and Drug Administration
Dr John-Arne Røttingen, Associate Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House and Division Director, Division of Infectious Disease Control, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Dr John Shiver, Senior Vice President of R&D, Sanofi Pasteur 
Dr Mark Feinberg, President and CEO, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative 

Questions and discussion

11:00–11:30 Refreshments

Session Five | What are the Next Steps?
11:30-13:00

Moderated panel discussion
This closing discussion will seek to define policy priorities for dealing more effectively with potential future outbreaks, determine ways to improve local and global response frameworks and coordination between agencies, and identify how best to use public and private resources to reduce the wider impact of deadly outbreaks.

Chair
Professor David Heymann, Head and Senior Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House

Panellists
Richard Bergström, Director General, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations
Dame Barbara Stocking, President of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge
Umaru Forfana, Correspondent for Sierra Leone, BBC
Professor Chris Whitty, Professor of Public and International Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and former Chief Scientific Advisor, DFID

Questions and discussion

13:00 End of conference

 

© The Royal Institute of International Affairs 2015

 

Speakers

Anthony Banbury

Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support, UN; Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response

Richard Bergström

Director-General, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations

Michael von Bertele to speak at Chatham House Pandemics and Epidemics 2015 conference

Dr Michael von Bertele

Humanitarian Director, Save the Children

Dr Luciana Borio to speak at Chatham House Pandemics and Epidemics 2015 conference

Dr Luciana Borio

Acting Chief Scientist, US Food and Drug Administration

Donal Brown to speak at Chatham House Pandemics and Epidemics 2015 conference

Donal Brown

Director, Global Funds and Senior Representative, Department for International Development

Sarbani Chakraborty to speak at Chatham House Pandemics and Epidemics 2015 conference

Dr Sarbani Chakraborty

Senior Director, Global Public Policy, GA&P, Merck Serono

Claire Esbenshade to speak at Chatham House Pandemics and Epidemics 2015 conference

Claire Esbenshade

Corporate Responsibility Specialist, ArcelorMittal

Dr David Evans

Senior Economist, Africa Region, World Bank

Dr Mark Feinberg to speak at Chatham House Pandemics and Epidemics 2015 conference

Dr Mark Feinberg

President and CEO, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

Harvey Fineberg

Dr Harvey Fineberg

President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and President, Institute of Medicine (2002-14)

Emmanuel d'Harcourt speaking at Chatham House Pandemics and Epidemics 2015 conference

Dr Emmanuel d'Harcourt

Senior Health Director, International Rescue Committee

Peter Harvey to speak at Chatham House Pandemics and Epidemics 2015 conference

Peter Harvey

GM HSSEC - Diamonds and Minerals, Rio Tinto

Professor David Heymann CBE

Head and Senior Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House

Andrew Jack

Head of Curated Content, Financial Times

Dr Ann Marie Kimball to speak at Chatham House Pandemics and Epidemics 2015 conference

Dr Ann Marie Kimball

Senior Consulting Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House

Dr Marie-Paule Kieny

Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Innovation, World Health Organization

Dr Joanne Liu

International President, Médecins Sans Frontières

Robert Marten

Senior Program Associate, The Rockefeller Foundation

Dr Rebecca Martin to speak at Chatham House Pandemics and Epidemics 2015 conference

Dr Rebecca Martin

Director of the Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr Brian McCloskey to speak at Chatham House Pandemics and Epidemics 2015 conference

Dr Brian McCloskey

Director of Global Health, Public Health England

Dr Trevor Mundel

President, Global Health Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Professor Ab Osterhaus to speak at Chatham House Pandemics and Epidemics 2015 conference

Professor Ab Osterhaus

Chair, One Health Platform

John Arne Rottingen speaking at Chatham House Pandemics and Epidemics conference

Dr John-Arne Røttingen

Associate Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House and Division Director, Division of Infectious Disease Control, Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Michael Ryan to speak at Chatham House Pandemics and Epidemics 2015 conference

Dr Michael Ryan

Member of the Advisory Group on the Ebola Virus Disease Response, World Health Organization

John Shiver to speak at Chatham House Pandemics 2015 conference

Dr John Shiver

Senior Vice President, Research and Development, Sanofi Pasteur

Professor Richard Smith to speak at Chatham House Pandemics and Epidemics 2015 conference

Professor Richard Smith

Professor of Health System Economics, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Barbara Stocking speaking at Chatham House Pandemics and Epidemics 2015 conference

Dame Barbara Stocking

President of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge

Dr Bernard Vallat to speak at Chatham House Pandemics and Epidemics 2015 conference

Dr Bernard Vallat

Director General, World Organisation for Animal Health

Christopher Witty to speak at Chatham House Pandemics and Epidemics 2015 conference

Professor Chris Whitty

Professor of Public and International Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and former Chief Scientific Advisor, DFID

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Venue

Chatham House
10 St James's Square
London
SW1Y 4LE
UK
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Accommodation
Although we cannot book accommodation for delegates, we have arranged a reduced rate at some nearby hotels, where you can book your own accommodation. Please inform the hotel that you will be attending a conference at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) to qualify for the Institute's reduced rate.

Please note all rates are subject to availability.

Flemings Mayfair
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Mayfair
London - W1J 7BH

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7499 2964
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7499 1817

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The Cavendish London
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London - SW1Y 6JF

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7930 2111
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The Stafford London 
St James's Place
London - SW1A 1NJ

Tel: 020 7518 1125
Fax: 020 7493 7121

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