The COVID-19 pandemic revealed the extraordinary importance of pandemic preparedness for public policy. The article by Prof. Heike Grimm, Juliane Corredor Jimenez, Lamin O. Ceesay (Brandt School Alumni) and Meseret Wondirad (Brandt School Alumni) draws on two case studies illustrating the multisectoral and bottom-up approaches, respectively, using document analysis and participatory observation. The cases demonstrate how the bottom-up community inclusiveness developed during the Ebola outbreak enhanced pandemic preparedness, and how community resilience was improved through sustainable entrepreneurs implementing One Health policies. The article draws important policy lessons for more resilient health systems in the Global North.
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