What is the GPMB?
The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) is an independent monitoring
and accountability body to ensure preparedness for global health crises. Comprised of
political leaders, agency principals and world-class experts, the Board provides an
independent and comprehensive appraisal for policy makers and the world about
progress towards increased preparedness and response capacity for disease outbreaks
and other emergencies with health consequences. In short, the work of the GPMB will
be to chart a roadmap for a safer world.
Created in response to recommendations by the UN Secretary General’s Global
Health Crises Task Force in 2017, the GPMB was co-convened by the World Health
Organization and the World Bank Group and formally launched in May 2018. The
GPMB is led by its co-chairs, Elhadj As Sy, the Secretary General of the IFRC, and
Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and former WHO
Why was the GPMB created?
There are severe health and economic costs of failing to adequately prepare for and
manage disease outbreaks and other health emergencies for countries and
communities globally. Recent health emergencies, including the 2014-2016 West
African Ebola outbreak, shed light on the major gaps in sustained political will,
action, and sustainable financing for preparedness; national public health systems’
capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to health crises from the local to global
levels; community trust deficits in local health systems; along with a need to
accelerate research and development, and to enhance global and regional coordination
and capabilities. Since then, multiple international expert panels have recommended
specific reforms in these areas and many institutions have strengthened their
accountability mechanisms. But gaps, weaknesses and inefficiencies remain.