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Prevent Epidemics: A Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL) Project

[Prevent Epidemics]

Resolve to Save Lives' Prevent Epidemics team gathers resources to support and fill gaps in countries' pandemic preparedness, primarily in low- and middle-income countries. The group uses data from the WHO JEE to produce a "ReadyScore" of a county's pandemic preparedness.


This website,, publishes country-level data on epidemic preparedness and provides resources to aid public officials in identifying, preventing, and stopping epidemics. The website publishes a “ReadyScore,” a single score designed to capture a country’s pandemic preparedness. The score is based on data from the World Health Organization’s Joint External Evaluation (JEE). The JEE examines the core capacities of countries across 19 technical areas within the framework of the International Health Regulations (IHR). Prevent Epidemics also hosts a library of COVID-19 resources and has published several resources on COVID-19 contact tracing and response. In addition to maintaining the information on the website, the Prevent Epidemics team has partnered with Africa CDC, provided legal analysis to Togo and Gambia, helped expand the yellow fever and measles lab networks in Nigeria, and supported preparedness teams in multiple African nations. The organization also trains healthcare workers and middle managers in Africa. is hosted by Resolve to Save Lives. Resolve to Save Lives is an initiative of Vital Strategies, a global public health agency that works with governments and civil organizations in 73 countries to strengthen public health systems. RTSL aids governments in low- and middle-income countries in improving their technical expertise and public health operations. The organization focuses on strengthening seven core preparedness factors: risk assessment and planning; emergency response operations; national laboratory system; disease surveillance; national legislation policy and financing; human resources; and risk communications. Officials within low- and middle-income countries may therefore be most interested in the resources provided by Prevent Epidemics and the Resolve to Save Lives team to improve their country’s epidemic preparedness. The website is published in English, but the COVID-19 resource library contains documents in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai.