Advocacy and Social Mobilization: Our Impact

A view of a tent city next to cinder block homes in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 2011. (Photo Credit: Dominic Chavez)

MSH COO Paul Auxila published a letter to the editor in The Boston Globe on August 30.

MSH CEO Dr. Jonathan Quick and GE Foundation Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Barash's joint opinion piece was published on on August 30.  Read or watch the news today, and you'll hear a lot about what makes a nation strong. There is one way to strengthen our nation now, and it's universally agreed upon: Mount a full-scale prevention and response effort against Zika. We're talking about Zika prevention and management.

No More Epidemics campaign director Frank Smith published a letter to the editor in Friday’s Washington Post. Regarding Jim Yong Kim’s July 1 Washington Forum commentary, “A plan to deal with the next pandemic”: The creation of the World Bank’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility is exciting and will ensure a more effective response during pandemics. Yet why wait for the next pandemic to invest in responses to disease threats?

 {Photo: Kwabena Larbi/MSH}Local NMCP partners deliver mosquito nets in Liberia during the Ebola epidemic.Photo: Kwabena Larbi/MSH

"When I arrived in Liberia in early 2014,” says Management Sciences for Health's (MSH's) Kwabena Larbi, senior technical advisor with the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), “I found there were a lot of malaria partners—the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), Global Fund, international organizations, lots of NGOs… Each was more or less doing their own thing.”

{Photo Credit: Carole Douglis/MSH}Photo Credit: Carole Douglis/MSH

The explosion of the Zika virus in South America, Central America and the Caribbean has provided more vivid evidence of the urgency to invest in pandemic prevention and preparedness. The virus is spread by the day-biting Aedes aegypti mosquito that also carries dengue and chikungunya viruses. Although it was first identified in 1947, until the 2000s it had been confined to Africa.