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PRET Initiative

PRET Initiative:

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the PRET initiative to be better prepared for future outbreaks of a similar scale and devastation as the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The Preparedness and Resilience for Emerging Threats (PRET) Initiative is aimed at providing “guidance on integrated planning for responding to any respiratory pathogen such as influenza or coronaviruses”.
  • It was announced at the Global Meeting for Future Respiratory Pathogen Pandemics held on 24-26 April 2023 in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • The first module focuses on respiratory pathogens, including influenza, coronaviruses, and respiratory syncytial virus.
  • It involves three-pronged approach which includes
    • Update preparedness plans that affirm priority actionsand that have considered learnings from past events.
    • Increase connectivity among stakeholders in pandemic preparedness planning through systematic coordination and cooperation.
    • This includes building equitable systems; conducting joint exercises; and sharing information on good practices, challenges, and opportunities.
    • Dedicate sustained investments, financing and monitoring of pandemic preparednesswith a particular focus on addressing the gaps identified during past pandemics and epidemics.