Wednesday, June 29, 2005

constructive information on 'Flu pandemic possibilities 

For once a really constructive initiative on the nets. A collective effort to gather together and present in an accessible way information on influenza and the possibility of a global 'flu pandemic.

See the 'Flu Wiki and explore its resources. For starters the information already gathered on what 'flu sdi and is not shoudl help hard-pressed politicians avoid too much confusion should we be asked to make public statements.
The staement of aims for the site says:
"The purpose of the Flu Wiki is to help local communities prepare for and perhaps cope with a possible influenza pandemic. This is a task previously ceded to local, state and national governmental public health agencies. Communications technology has now become sufficiently available to allow a new form of collaborative problem-solving that harvests the rich fund of knowledge and experience that exists among those connected via the internet, allowing more talent to participate."

The organisational practicalities on this US-originating site are of course targetted to US circumstances but there is much to learn for other places.

As at the time of writing the UK Department of Health has a draft plan and is gathering in comments .

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