Findings of the Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola


Image: Ebola virus. Credit: Flickr/CDC

Date: Monday, 23 November 2015
Time: 9:30 am 12:30 pm
Venue: Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London

In 2014, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Harvard Global Health Institute convened an Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola to review the response to the crisis and offer recommendations on what reforms are needed to strengthen the system, rebuild confidence and prevent future disasters.

The Panel’s work resulted in a publication in The Lancet entitled “Will Ebola change the game? Ten essential reforms before the next pandemic. A report of the Harvard-LSHTM Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola”. The report analyzes the major weaknesses in the global health system exposed by the Ebola outbreak, and offers workable recommendations for medium-to-long-term institutional changes required to address them.

Top global health journalists led conversations with panel members and key opinion leaders on the following issues explored in the report:

  • The keys to preventing and responding to major outbreaks
  • Invigorating outbreak-relevant R&D
  • How to rebuild trust in the global system, including the World Health Organization

Participants included:

  • Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet
  • Peter Piot, Chair of the Independent Panel and Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Suerie Moon, Study Director for the Panel, Harvard Global Health Institute and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • J Soka Moses, Physician, Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, Liberia
  • David Heymann, Panel Member and Head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House
  • Devi Sridhar, Panel Co-Chair and Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh
  • Marcel Tanner, Panel Member and Director Emeritus, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute