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The future of global health

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Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales


Join Jeremy Farrar as he talks about what we have learnt from past epidemics and how we can ensure the world is more resilient to them in future.

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The recent Ebola outbreak highlights the serious threat that emerging infectious diseases can pose to global public health. Despite years of apparent preparations for a devastating pandemic, responses to outbreaks are cumbersome and delayed, and opportunities to save lives are missed. Over the past 15 years, the systematic failure to collect and share clinical data during epidemics, including zoonotic viruses such as SARS, H5N1, Nipah, and MERSCoV, has been a recurring problem. Understanding the inter-relationships between human behaviour, animal health and the environment is essential for mobilising successful responses to future spillover events. 

Presented by the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society.

This event is part of a series of Royal Society events taking place at the 2016 Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts.

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