Preparedness for Pandemic Disasters to Come

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The disruption of healthcare services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the global lack of preparedness for infectious pandemics and the disparities in healthcare access in different communities with higher mortality among the elderly, minority, and low-income groups. The failure of healthcare systems’ capacity and capabilities for preparedness response to the COVID-19 pandemic and lack of effective patient management and vaccine unavailability are responsible for the millions of deaths worldwide. Hopefully, this modern human catastrophe will serve as a wake-up call to strengthen and reinforce a resilient, effective, and solid healthcare framework. Essential elements for resiliency in public health emergency preparedness must be able to promote readiness for infectious-disease disasters. The World Health Organization has proposed a structured approach to the recovery and resilience of different healthcare systems during infectious pandemics. Such an approach ensures a timely, efficient, and effective response and preparedness for natural disasters and unpredicted infectious-disease outbreaks that have the potential to cross borders. This chapter presents the challenges encountered by different communities globally during this catastrophic COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the lessons learned in case of future similar scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Disparities, Disasters, and Crises
Subtitle of host publicationApproaches for a Culture of Preparedness
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781003831822
ISBN (Print)9780367677312
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Medicine


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