In February 2021 Ready2Respond worked with strategic consulting firm FSG to conduct a Pandemic Ecosystem Mapping Study of organizations involved in seasonal and pandemic influenza preparedness, as well as organizations involved in the COVID-19 response in order to frame systemic preparedness and response gaps in low- and middle-income countries. The landscaping approach included 24 interviews with global, regional and local experts, with complementary experiences in seasonal influenza and pandemic preparedness, desk research and rapid profiling of 65 organizations active in the seasonal influenza space.
Key take-aways include:
- Important gaps, challenges and potential opportunities for seasonal and pandemic influenza strategies are emerging in the context of the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic.
- There is an opportunity to educate stakeholders outside of the seasonal influenza community on the idea that seasonal influenza offers a blueprint for pandemic preparedness.
- For seasonal influenza vaccination programming, key bottlenecks continue to be mid-stream and downstream. Challenges include: lack of data (burden and economic) to inform policy shaping and advocacy, and programs are under-resourced especially for vaccine procurement and distribution, as well as vaccine program implementation.