Media clips addressing background pandemic issues

Church Matters Episode 16: Healing and Hope in the Event of a Pandemic

One cannot prevent a tornado or earthquake, but working volunteers are often at the ready when it comes time to recover. In a pandemic situation, prevention and preparedness are key because the many ready volunteers may themselves be ill or be fully engaged with their own families and needs. A pandemic will stress the public health system beyond capacity – governments will turn to churches and non-profits for help. So how can the church prepare? Listen in to learn more about how the situation might look, and what churches can do.

Laurie Garrett: What can we learn from the 1918 flu pandemic?

In 2007, as the world worried about a possible avian flu epidemic, Laurie Garrett, author of "The Coming Plague," gave this powerful talk to a small TED University audience. Her insights from past pandemics are suddenly more relevant than ever.

Larry Brilliant: Help stop the next pandemic

In 2006, Dr. Larry Brilliant talks about how smallpox was eradicated from the planet, and calls for a new global system that can identify and contain pandemics before they spread.

Nathan Wolfe: A jungle search for the next pandemic virus

Virus hunter Nathan Wolfe is outwitting the next pandemic by staying two steps ahead: discovering deadly new viruses where they first emerge -- passing from animals to humans among poor subsistence hunters in Africa -- before they claim millions of lives.