The Past Can Paint A Picture

What steps where taken in these events in the past that could help us in this pandemic ?

1948 World War II:

The marshall plan was introduced. it was a contingency plan by United States to help struggling european nations to avoid the spread of communism. Plan was to reinstate the fallen economies of countries that went to war.

Key steps taken: Financing for poorer nations

Aids:

Not until the third decade of the epidemic that the world’s public health officials, community leaders, and politicians united to combat AIDS.

Establishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, created to fund antiAIDS programs in developing countries. In 2003, President George W. Bush launched the President’s AIDS Relief Emergency Plan (PEPFAR), that was allocating billions of dollars to the countries affected hardest by AIDS.

This unprecedented global response to the AIDS pandemic will serve as a blueprint to tackle other threats to global health. For example, the global response to AIDS involved a multisectoral strategy involving public health officials, doctors, policymakers, and leaders of civil society, business and labor, the armed forces, and the law, working together and with financial resources approaching $15 billion a year to minimize the incidence of HIV infection and related mortality.

Key steps taken: Financing and awareness programs

9/11:

There was a global response to mass terrorism, in a sense where security precautions where taken much more regularly than usual. It has changed the world of travel for ever and people have learned to adapt to it.

Before 9/11, there hadn’t been long airport queues and stringent security checks. And that is because the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) didn’t exist before November 2001. The TSA was established as a direct consequence of the 9/11 attacks, and in the nearly 17 years since its inception, the tight security measures have not let up. Among other dramatic but essential changes

Key steps Taken: Global Travel security

2008 Financial crisis:

The Great Recession of 2008 and 2009, which lasted for 18 months, was the longest period of economic decline since World War II.

Congress set up the Troubled Assets Relief Program on October 3, 2008 which authorized the U.S. Treasury to bail out bankrupt banks. The Treasury Secretary lent $115 billion to banks through preferred stock purchases

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed by Congress on 17 February 2009. The economic stimulus package, worth $787 billion, ended the recession.

Key steps Taken : Rules and regulations are put in place

Spanish Flu

It gave the idea of socialized medicine and healthcare a major boost, which no country had really got around to implementing yet. The pandemic is what provided the motivation to do so, because there was a perception that a pandemic was a global health problem that you needed to deal with at population level. 

Russia was the first to set up socialized health-care programs, followed by Western European nations. Together with this comes epidemiology, looking for trends and causes and consequences of health care trends. Population baseline wellbeing started to become much more clear, and much more visible.

Key steps taken: Governments implemented healthcare practices

2 thoughts on “The Past Can Paint A Picture”

  1. Can you identify, in each case, the most important change that was implemented, that really made the world different. The major lesson that was learned each time…?
    This can connect to the conclusion of your work, i.e. what are the main lessons we must learn and what must change longterm?

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