Geneva, 17 January 2018 – The world is ill-equipped and unprepared for the next killer pandemic or epidemic.

Massive economic inequality, combined with chronic under-investment in public health systems and capacity and a lack of capacity to respond at the local or community level, means that too many countries will be unable to respond to the next deadly disease outbreak.

Weak health systems anywhere should worry us all. Diseases know no borders. None of us are safe until all of us are safe,” says Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Mr Sy is available for media interviews during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, between 23-26 January. He is calling for scaled up investment in community health systems, so that the people who first see a new disease can more effectively ring the global alarm, as well as manage and then monitor the response.

In light of declining aid funding, Mr Sy is also leading calls for new types of investment in humanitarian action, including better linkages between aid organizations and Islamic Social Financing. His vision sees new sources of innovative financing to strengthen local organizations on the ground to be fast, impactful and cost-effective responders to health crises.

For interviews with Mr Sy at Davos on new innovative financing for health security, or commentary on a range of current humanitarian issues and crises, please contact:

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