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Strengthening Data Sharing for Public Health: The Legal Landscape

28 August 2015 - 09:00 to 17:00

Chatham House, London


Chair: Lt Gen Louis Lillywhite, Senior Consulting Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House



Successful public health data sharing during the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003 contributed to preventing the disease from becoming established. 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 novel Middle East respiratory (MERS) coronavirus, the source and origin of the virus remain unknown. 

This roundtable meeting will bring together leading global health and international law experts to critically analyse the potential for international data-sharing agreements, identify best practices, and describe them in such a way that they could be applied to surveillance activities at the national, regional and global level.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

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.