When Will Pandemics Get the Attention They Deserve?
Last year the world watched in horror as an Ebola outbreak spread across part of the African continent.
Through my work with ONE, I was well educated in what was going on, how it is spread and proper level of concerns.
Sadly though, I wonder if enough people realize that it is isn't a matter of if we'll ever have to deal with an outbreak growing into a pandemic, but when?
On Sunday, November 1 at 9 pm ET on National Geographic Channel they will be premiering "Breakthrough: Fighting Pandemics."
To raise awareness for the show, they are asking bloggers like myself to answer the question of:
Historical records show that another pandemic will occur, but no one knows when. How do we create a mind shift among world leaders and people in general to start planning for the next one now?
Sadly, I think it is going to take an outbreak on our own soil before we start paying attention.
Africa is a far away place and most people think that just because something like this happens there, it would never make it to our shores.
I wish I had a more optimistic outlook on this, but I don't. With so many other issues to tackle, this one I fear won't be truly addressed until it is too late. Hopefully it will be dealt with after an outbreak and not a full blown pandemic.
I'm eager to watch this new show and to see how people like Dr. Maria Croyle, who has developed a revolutionary way to introduce an Ebola vaccine into a common cold virus, are working to make sure that our world is as safe as possible.
(photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Drew Anthony Smith)
I already set my DVR so I don't miss it.
If you watch, let me know what you think.