Over the last several weeks, there has been considerable attention devoted to the Zika virus spreading throughout the Americas. Most worrisome about this pandemic is the potential link of the virus to a serious and sometimes deadly birth defect, microcephaly.
With the likelihood that there will be more cases in the United States in the coming weeks and months, the U.S. government is ramping up its domestic preparedness and response activities. In addition to this, the United States must also engage internationally with other affected countries and with the World Health Organization in order to reverse the course of the pandemic.
Two recent reports—the first issued by the Bipartisan Policy Center, entitled The Case for Strategic Health Diplomacy: A Study of PEPFAR, and the second issued by the Harvard Global Health Institute and partners, entitled Will Ebola change the game? Ten essential reforms before the next pandemic—offer insights for U.S. policymakers as they engage with international partners.
Join the Bipartisan Policy Center, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and the Harvard Global Health Institute, as experts discuss these reports and provide additional recommendations to shape the U.S. response to Zika.
Ashish Jha, MD, MPH
Director, Harvard Global Health Institute
Anand Parekh, MD, MPH
Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center
President and CEO, Population Services International
Former U.S. Ambassador to Togo
Director of Government Relations, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition