Infectious Diseases in the Age of Conflict

Detection and control of emerging infections in conflict zones is a major public health challenge. The breakdown of civil society often leads to the collapse of health systems and sanitation, food insecurity, poor coordination among humanitarian agencies, and the subsequent emergence of diseases that can proliferate into global pandemics. Michele Barry will discuss how Ebola, polio, yellow fever, cholera, and Lassa fever have emerged during conflict in fragile states and what has been learned from the outbreaks to better predict and control other potential epidemics.

About the speakers

  • Jane PickeringExecutive Director, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
  • Ashish K. JhaDean for Global Strategy and K.T. Li Professor of Global Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Director, Harvard Global Health Institute
  • Daniel Lucey, Senior Scholar, O’Neill Institute; Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Law, Georgetown University, Anthropology Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Michele BarrySenior Associate Dean of Global Health; Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health; Professor of Medicine; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Evironment and Freeman Spogli Institute all at Stanford University