Epidemic preparedness and response


Demonstrating a correctly prepared personal protective equipment suit
Dr Abdulmajid Suleiman Musa demonstrates at a training session of NCDC staff how to correctly don PPE when treating patients suspected of or confirmed to have viral infections, Keffi, Nasarawa state. Credit: Louis Leeson/LSHTM

LSHTM Centre for Epidemic Preparedness and Response launching soon

The COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest challenge in peacetime for more than 100 years. It has touched every part of the global community. And it won’t be the last time we are faced with such a threat.

From pandemics like COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS to more regional threats such as Ebola and Zika virus diseases, the peril that outbreaks of infectious diseases pose to our planet could hardly be clearer.

At LSHTM we unique experience and specialist ability understand this threat and to respond to it. While world leaders have attempted to navigate the complexities of the global COVID-19 pandemic, they have turned to our researchers and scientists for guidance and insight. Never before has our institution’s research, education and mission to improve health worldwide been so vital.  

Next, we are launching the LSHTM Centre for Epidemic Preparedness and Response – a specialist body gathering and synergising global expertise to focus on the prevention of, and response to, outbreaks and pandemics.

The Centre will draw on the range of skills and experience at LSHTM, including world-leading epidemiologists, mathematical modellers, health economic modellers, medical anthropologists, experts in vaccines, clinical trials and humanitarian crises, and lab researchers in virology and epidemic-prone pathogens. The Centre will explore key areas of investigation, provide innovative training, and offer insight into all aspects of outbreak response to students, policy makers, and healthcare professionals.

We must capture all that has been learnt from COVID-19 and be ready for what’s coming next.


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