Epidemics don't have to happen

Contact Tracing in Ethiopia

But every day, millions of lives and livelihoods are at risk because outbreaks aren’t detected, reported and controlled in time. 

Epidemic preparedness is not just about pandemics and novel pathogens. Ongoing outbreaks involving familiar pathogens, like cholera and influenza, cause millions of preventable deaths every year, and much more illness and avoidable suffering. Globally, countries often face a multitude of urgent health issues with tight budgets and limited resources, meaning they can’t deal with outbreaks quickly and decisively.

Resolve to Save Lives works to make the world safer from epidemics by partnering with high-risk countries to strengthen key aspects of their health security systems. We forge strong partnerships—primarily with and between countries and governments—and elevate our learnings to global partners, treating country-level preparedness and response architecture as a foundation for global health security.

We drive collective action by:

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Enabling countries to scale up their technical expertise, develop operational excellence and build political will for public health action.

Focusing our efforts on strengthening the health system and work on addressing root causes that undermine its performance.

A African heathcare worker in PPE, with mask and goggles, is being pointed at by another man in a mask during PPE training

Encouraging our partners to treat every outbreak as a unique learning opportunity that informs and improves future response efforts for known and novel pathogens.

We work with our partners at the country level to:

Better respond to outbreaks by meeting detection, response and early action timeliness targets
Strengthen their national leadership, governance and financing architecture for health security
Equipping public health experts with technical and leadership skills to strengthen institutions
Use data effectively for decision-making and link intelligence with operational support
Strengthen the ability of frontline health care workers to prevent, detect, protect, and manage outbreaks
Ensure countries have laws and regulations in place to improve health security capacities
Establish and strengthen national public health institutes to fulfill essential functions
Analyze examples of good preparedness from around the world in order to replicate successes
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Our partners include:

We advance preparedness through seven key areas:

Legal Instruments
Financing
National laboratory system 
Surveillance
Human resources
Health emergency management
Risk communication and community engagement

Where we work: Prevent Epidemics