Professor Lawrence O.Gostin, Dame Sally Davies FMedSci, Dr Tadataka Yamada, Dr Maria Freire

L-R: Professor Lawrence O.Gostin, Dame Sally Davies FMedSci, Dr Tadataka Yamada, Dr Maria Freire

On 30 September the Royal Society, together with the Academy of Medical Sciences and US National Academy of Medicine, hosted an event to discuss the Governance for Global Health: Reflections from the Ebola Experience in West Africa. The event showcased the work of an independent commission established to work on a Global Health Risk Framework (GHRF), which will inform the World Health Assembly Executive Board meeting in January 2016.

Why is this important? Over the last 40 years significant outbreaks of HIV, influenza, ebola, and other infections have caused countless fatalities, and billions of dollars in economic losses.

A report of the meeting, which covered the commission’s four themes of: global health governance, finance, health systems and medical products research and development, will be available by the end of October, and you can follow the twitter hashtag #GHRF.

Dr Patrick Kelley, Dr Victor Dzau, Mr Peter Sands, Prof Lawrence O.Gostin, Prof Oyewale Tomori, Dr Maria Freire, Sir John Beddington CMG FRS

L-R: Dr Patrick Kelley, Dr Victor Dzau, Mr Peter Sands, Professor Lawrence O.Gostin, Professor Oyewale Tomori, Dr Maria Freire, Sir John Beddington CMG FRS