Mission: To provide clear, concise country-level data on epidemic preparedness and countries' ability to find, stop, and prevent them.
Background: The Prevent Epidemics site was developed, with the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, by Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, a global health organization that works to design and implement public health initiatives that bridge the gap between public health needs and solutions. The site bills itself as the first to provide an overall score — or ReadyScore — indicative of a country's ability to find, stop, and prevent disease epidemics. The ReadyScore is calculated using data from the Joint External Evaluation, a rigorous, objective, and internationally accepted epidemic preparedness tool developed by the World Health Organization and other partners. The tool is based on nineteen areas of epidemic preparedness grouped into categories (prevention, detection, and response) that are scored by groups of national and international experts. The ReadyScore is the average score of the nineteen preparedness areas, which include national legislation, policy and financing, antimicrobial resistance, food safety, and immunization.
Outstanding Web Features: Visitors to the site can see at a glance how countries across the globe are doing in their efforts to stop and prevent epidemics using the ReadyScore Map, which indicates whether a country is better prepared, has more work to do, is not prepared, or their status is unknown. The map also allows visitors to drill down by individual country; read the latest news about disease outbreaks; learn more about countries' preparedness strengths and gaps; browse success stories and a list of resources; and/or take action.