Pandemics Pt 2: WHO Tracks Worlds Health

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This is the second of a four-part series on pandemics exploring the possibilities, the resources and what you can do to protect yourself and your family.

The move Contagion is able to accurately portray the rapid devastation a pandemic could cause because of a close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) during production. Founded in 1948 in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Health Organization is the directing authority on international health in the United Nations system. Aiming at nothing less than “the attainment by all people of the highest possible level of health,” the World Health Organization has a detailed agenda for realizing its vision.

Composed of 193 member states, the World Health Organization utilizes podcasts, RSS feeds, and a Twitter account to spread health related news worldwide. WHO also releases an annual World Health Statistics report to monitor the progress of public health around the world. In response to the threat of a global pandemic, WHO has compiled a Global Alert and Response (GAR) pandemic preparedness program to minimize catastrophe if a global influenza outbreak were to occur.

Use WHO’s Disease Outbreak News to track disease outbreaks and potential epidemics around the world. Protect yourself and others by keeping a two-week supply of water in your home, washing your hands frequently, and learning how to sneeze properly. Take the Flu IQ Quiz to learn more about flu prevention and follow along as we continue to explore the threat of pandemics in the coming months.