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Prevention and Preparedness: The Key to Healthier Societies and Proactive Health Systems


Preventive measures are crucial in maintaining health and promoting equality. They are as vital to health systems and societies as they are to individuals. These measures protect public health, reduce disease transmission, and enhance overall societal health and well-being. They form the foundation for good health and readiness for pandemics and other major health disruptions. A robust preventive agenda is therefore essential for healthy societies and preparedness for pandemics and similar events.

There are substantial societal, health, and financial benefits that can be realized by adopting a more proactive approach in our health systems and society. Access to basic hygiene services, whether at home or in public places, is critical for prevention. It is important to invest in prevention through proper hygiene practices and services across society to ensure better preparedness of communities and individuals.

More can be done to shield society from preventable diseases, which will significantly impact people’s well-being, equality, and societal productivity. Prevention for preparedness refers to policies and programs designed to proactively enhance the effectiveness, resilience, sustainability, and economy of health systems.

Globally, access to essential hygiene infrastructure remains a significant challenge. Focusing on healthcare facilities, the WHO reports that up to half of the world’s healthcare facilities lack basic hygiene services, including water and soap or hand sanitizer rub in their restrooms. These facilities are used by as many as 3.85 billion people. Without access to basic hygiene services, people are at a higher risk of infection, including the 688 million people who receive care at facilities with no hygiene services.

In the context of prevention and preparedness, it is necessary to evaluate the measures needed to promote and enhance prevention. This includes societal behavioral changes, strengthening health systems to maintain societal health, and effectively responding to future challenges such as pandemics, including the silent pandemic of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). International cooperation is crucial for knowledge exchange and awareness, identifying measures and best practices for promoting health and well-being in daily life, and preventing global health threats. Simultaneously, the cost of reactive healthcare needs to be analyzed and compared with proactive and preventive societal measures.