Influenza pandemics must be taken seriously, precisely because of their capacity to spread rapidly to every country in the world.— Margaret Chan
Massive Pandemic quotations
All countries should immediately now activate their pandemic preparedness plans.
Countries should remain on high alert for unusual outbreaks of influenza-like illness and severe pneumonia.
Pandemic influenza is by nature an international issue; it requires an international solution.
It takes a variety of strategies and initiatives to address this pandemic.
It's about life and death and the survival of humanity.
When we think of the major threats to our national security, the first to come to mind are nuclear proliferation, rogue states and global terrorism. But another kind of threat lurks beyond our shores, one from nature, not humans - an avian flu pandemic.
As men, we all have something to give.
We all have the power to do our own part to stop the global pandemic of violence against women and girls. It is holding us all back.
The worst pandemic in modern history was the Spanish flu of 1918, which killed tens of millions of people. Today, with how interconnected the world is, it would spread faster.
That the AIDS pandemic is threatening sustainable development in Africa only reinforces the reality that health is at the center of sustainable development.
You can't put a price tag on preparation for a pandemic.
One in three women may suffer from abuse and violence in her lifetime.
This is an appalling human rights violation, yet it remains one of the invisible and under-recognized pandemics of our time.
No war on the face of the Earth is more destructive than the AIDS pandemic.
Human trafficking is a globally assisted pandemic that generates billions of dollars of income a year.
After all it really is all of humanity that is under threat during a pandemic.
The influenza pandemic of 1918 may well be the greatest scourge ever to afflict humanity, exacting a death toll greater than all the wars of the 20th Century combined. The virus that wreaked this havoc apparently developed in birds, and then jumped to people. In other words, it was avian flu.
Masterpieces of art possess immense potential to advance a worldview that could help assuage the societal terrors posed by globalization, the most thoroughgoing socioeconomic upheaval since the Industrial Revolution, which has set off a pandemic of retrogressive nationalism, regional separatism, and religious extremism.
In fact, the early demographer Thomas Malthus believes that the only way the human population would ever check itself was by running headlong into a disaster, like a pandemic or famine. Sometimes we get so frustrated with the slowness of human political processes that we wish a giant flaming rock would solve the problem for us.
Without equity, pandemic battles will fail.
Viruses will simply recirculate, and perhaps undergo mutations or changes that render vaccines useless, passing through the unprotected populations of the planet.
For a pandemic of moderate severity, this is one of our greatest challenges: helping people to understand when they do not need to worry, and when they do need to seek urgent care.
The features of globalization have huge consequences on pandemics.
It just connects us so much more closely... And as a consequence, every one of these viruses that passes from animals to humans has the capacity to infect all of us.
I'm especially interested in helping to give visibility to the pandemic of violence against women
Young people were once considered relatively safe from HIV/AIDS.
Today, their lives and futures are at risk throughout the world because of this disease. I believe it is young people throughout the world who offer us the greatest hope for defeating this deadly pandemic.
I had been an activist on the issue of HIV, primarily in the African American and Latino communities here in the U.S. for many years. It was horrifying to me how the pandemic was raging right here in this country but no one was talking about it.
The fact that there was no catastrophic pandemic in recent history does not mean there won't be another one. And we are certainly not prepared for the next pandemic.
Let's pretend there's a pandemic. Let's everybody run around and play your role. Main result is that there is tremendous confusion. ... Nobody knows who's in charge. Nobody knows the chain of command.
Unless there is recognition that women are most vulnerable.
.. and you do something about social and cultural equality for women, you're never going to defeat this pandemic.
Getting ready for a global pandemic is every bit as important as nuclear deterrence and avoiding a climate catastrophe.
Chucky become a pandemic part of pop culture, definitely.
A pandemic influenza would mean widespread infection essentially throughout every region of the world.
If we do the kind of common-sense public health measures we know work, we ought to be able to stop it from being a global pandemic.
A united humanity will be able to confront the many troubling problems of the present time: from the menace of terrorism to the humiliating poverty in which millions of human beings live, from the proliferation of weapons to the pandemics and the environmental destruction which threatens the future of our planet.
That makes climate change a bigger public health problem than AIDS, than malaria, than pandemic flu.
It could be said that the AIDS pandemic is a classic own-goal scored by the human race against itself.
For the first time in history we can track the evolution of a pandemic in real time. Influenza viruses are notorious for their rapid mutation and unpredictable behaviour.
Based on assessment of all available information and following several expert consultations, I have decided to raise the current level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5.
One is that if women's sexuality in Africa wasn't under assault, if women were able to say no, if women weren't subject to predatory attacks by men, or predatory behaviour generally, then you would have a disease in Africa called AIDS. But you wouldn't have a pandemic.