Table 1

Preparedness gap areas definitions used for methodology

DefinitionGap area
Political and financial commitment (sustainability)Track whether sufficient resources have been committed and structures are in place within countries to support preparedness
Health systems resilienceAssess the extent to which individual components supporting IHR capacity come together to strengthen the health system
Research and developmentMechanisms to track research that may guide implementation, or provide new tools during a health emergency
Knowledge and data sharingMonitor capacity to share knowledge and data being generated as part of preparedness measures during outbreaks or other period of need
Trade and travel restrictionsMonitor outbreak-related travel or trade restrictions
  • IHR, International Health Regulations.