A message from our Chief Medical Officer: Microbes are not deterred by borders, and neither are we

By Dr. Mark Smolinski

At the close of  2016, the SGTF Ending Pandemics Team created a home for our partners across the globe to connect and learn with one another. EndingPandemics.org, the new home for our Community of Practice, will continue to evolve and grow as our work expands.

From Chiang Mai, Thailand to Morogoro, Tanzania, we collaborate with a brilliant team of grantees, ministries of health, and private and public sector partners in 143 countries. Our mission: to find and report outbreaks faster no matter where they occur on the planet.

We’ve seen how tools created by the people, for the people, are saving lives and preventing economic loss that could debilitate communities. We’ve seen the drive of a village volunteer to stop a potentially catastrophic outbreak in its path by diligently taking a photo of a sick cow, filling out a few fields on a app, and pushing “send.” Every week, over 60,000 individual volunteers in North America report symptoms of influenza-like-illness to help us track the first signs and spread of the seasonal flu. Twenty-eight countries collaborate in a regional network collective to share best practices and scale innovations.

Openness to learning and sharing knowledge are essential to doing the work we do. It’s people like our Community of Practice partners who enrich and shape our perspectives on the endless possibilities of how we can improve our world.

Microbes are not deterred by borders, and neither are we. Ending pandemics is a movement that starts with all of us.

Explore the work of our Community of Practice at EndingPandemics.org.

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