Chatham House research includes tackling infectious disease outbreaks, such as Ebola, the risk assessment and management of infectious diseases, antibiotic and anti-microbial resistance, biosecurity, and data sharing in disease surveillance.
Initial responses to disease outbreaks can be characterized by confusion, chaos and denial. While an individual country can be overwhelmed by a serious outbreak, mobilizing the assistance needed internationally can help prevent an epidemic.
But the window of opportunity to respond effectively closes rapidly, and outbreaks quickly become a humanitarian crisis. Issues to tackle can include political manoeuvring, inadequate financial agility, a lack of coordination, ambivalence towards response structures, and tensions in key relationships.
A major programmatic focus of this work for Chatham House is carried out by the Centre on Global Health and Security and its projects.