Economic impacts of infectious diseases

Economic impacts of infectious diseases

WA
Dec 9
CEDA presents a panel of national and international health experts for this timely and sobering discussion on the dramatic effects of infectious diseases, with special attention to the economic impacts. While the human cost will always outweigh the economics, the world needs to be prepared for wide-ranging impacts.

Speakers

Professor Chris Baggoley AO, Chief Medical Officer of Australia
Professor David L Heymann, Head and Senior Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House
Professor Elizabeth Phillips, Director, Centre for Clinical Pharmocology and Infectious Diseases, Murdoch University
Professor Tarun Weeramanthri, WA Chief Health Officer, Department of Health

Event overview

Authoritative modelling has suggested that the Ebola outbreak, if not contained to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, could have a global economic drain of as much as $US32.6 billion by the end of 2015. A bird flu outbreak in China in 2013 caused $US6.5 billion in losses to the economy. The full economic impact of the SARS outbreak in 2003 was estimated to be close to $US40 billion. 

These examples illustrate the significant economic fallouts accompanying these calamitous outbreaks; effects that can cripple a nation's industries in the short to medium term, with the potential for longer term harm to countries' economic viability.

Join CEDA as we discuss the following questions:

  • Is the world prepared for a major infectious disease outbreak?
  • What are we doing well and what needs to be improved?
  • How can the economic impacts of an outbreak be minimised?

Meet the panel

Professor Chris Baggoley AO
Chief Medical Officer of Australia

Professor David L Heymann
Head and Senior Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House

Professor Elizabeth Phillips
Director, Centre for Clinical Pharmocology and Infectious Diseases, Murdoch University

Meet the facilitator

Professor Tarun Weeramanthri
WA Chief Health Officer, Department of Health

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