International Relations

PRET (Preparation and Resilience for Emerging Threats) Initiative

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has started a PRET programme to better prepare for future outbreaks of the magnitude and damage that the COVID-19 pandemic caused.

What exactly is the PRET Initiative?

  • The WHO developed the Preparedness and Resilience for Emerging Threats (PRET) initiative to prepare for future epidemics on the scope and destruction of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Its goal is to provide guidelines on how to respond to any respiratory disease, such as influenza or coronaviruses, through integrated planning.
  • PRET’s current focus is on respiratory viruses, but work is already beginning to determine which diseases should be the next group to be minimised under this project.
  • It has the potential to make the objectives and terms of the Pandemic Accord, which is now being discussed by WHO Member States, a reality.

PRET’s three-pronged strategy

  • Updating preparedness plans is one of the three components of the three-pronged approach.
  • Increasing stakeholder connectedness in pandemic preparedness planning, as well as committing to long-term investments, financing, and monitoring of pandemic preparedness.
  • The approach focuses on closing the gaps identified during the COVID-19 pandemic and putting community engagement and equity at the forefront of preparedness and response operations.
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