by Rebecca Katz and Richard Seifman
The Lancet Global Health, Published: 28 September 2016
In the past 2 years, the World Bank has taken a series of steps to become more actively engaged in pandemic preparedness and response. The World Bank took a leading role in the response to the 2014–16 Ebola outbreak in west Africa, has provided leadership within the Global Health Security Agenda, and created the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) to provide funds during outbreaks of specific infectious diseases. Although these activities are important and should be supported, the World Bank has a window of opportunity to do much more in bringing attention to, and concrete funding for, pandemic preparedness.