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Submitted by Dr K.K.Datta on

Pandemics in the past had killed millions. It comtinues to kill thousands but what is important now is the global economic loss affecting trade and travel. Revised IHR is in place, Whether same will prevent or reduce pandemics only future will tell because still in many countries effective public health infrastructure is not in place to deliver IHR efficiently.Bank is currently supporting Disesae specific control/elimination/eradication activities in many countries. For effective delivery of these activities at the country level instead of supporting disease specific infrastructure alone focus needs to be on overall public health infrastructure throgh an effectibe public health policy involving all thge relevant sectors and opening up one window for public health delivery.