Community and Government Preparation for Severe Pandemics or Other Disasters: The MSH Approach


Management Sciences for Health offers technical expertise and materials to assist countries to prepare and respond to severe pandemics and other disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and other challenges to health, social, and economic well-­&;being. We help governments and communities improve their disaster management, risk communication, and multisector coordination capabilities and planning to mitigate the impacts of a large scale disaster.

While the world watches, outbreaks of the H5N1 virus (Avian Influenza, or “bird flu” virus) in poultry continue to threaten the health and economic well-­&;being of countries, and worries about the recent laboratory success of developing a strain with the potential for human transmission mount. To mitigate the impact of outbreaks, MSH helps prepare countries at the national, district, and local levels to plan, prepare and respond to avian influenza outbreaks or a severe human pandemic.