Past event

Invitation Only

Research Event

Strengthening Data Sharing for Public Health: Final Strategic Roundtable

Chatham House, London

Centre on Global Health Security, Strengthening Data Sharing for Public Health


Successful public health data sharing during the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003 contributed to preventing the disease from becoming widespread. Data sharing also facilitated a robust and timely response to the 2009 influenza A (H1N1) pandemic. Conversely, purposeful withholding of public health data is part of the reason why more than two years after the identification of the new Middle East respiratory (MERS) coronavirus, the source and origin of the virus remains unknown.
The primary objective of this one-day international roundtable is to stimulate a high-quality dialogue among experts from a broad range of data-sharing environments in order to gain feedback on the project’s final outputs.
The Strengthening Data Sharing for Public Health project was launched in October 2014 with the aim of developing guidance on how to create the right environment for public health data sharing and achieve good practice.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.