Global Tipping Points with Dr. Jonathan Quick

  • Monday, February 05, 2018
  • 6:00 PM
  • 88 Commercial St, Manchester, NH 03101



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A three-part series on today's global challenges

Monday, February 5 at 6 PM


The End of Epidemics?

Dr. Jonathan Quick will address the need for the United States to prepare and prevent the next global pandemic, a century after the infamous 1918  flu became one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history. Dr. Quick is one of the world's foremost authorities on global health as a Senior Fellow and former President and CEO at Management Sciences for Health in Boston. He is on the faculty of the Department of Global Health at Harvard Medical School and the Boston University School of Public Health and has applied his global health expertise in more than seventy countries over four decades and counting.  

The End of Epidemics: The Looming Threat to Humanity and How to Stop It will be available to purchase prior to the event. There will be a signing at the conclusion.

 Location: Multi-purpose Room, UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street (Pandora Mill), Manchester. Directions & Parking Info Here. (For safety and storm closure information, check here


A family physician and public health management specialist, he became the President and Chief Executive Officer of Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in 2004. Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is an international group dedicated to closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. With project teams in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, MSH helps public and private healthcare organizations to save lives and improve health by effectively managing people, medicines, money, and systems.

Dr. Quick has worked in international health since 1978. From 1989 to 1991, he worked as a health service development adviser for the Afghanistan Health Sector Support Project. In 1997, he was the senior editor of the second edition of Managing Drug Supply. From 1998 to 2004, he was Director of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy (EDM) for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. Dr. Quick was the co-author of the 2002 Financial Times Guide to Executive Health; and has written numerous other books, articles, and chapters. He has served as a long-term adviser in Pakistan and Kenya and has carried out assignments in over 25 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Dr. Quick is Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health at the Boston University School of Public Health, a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice, and former Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (UK) and American College of Preventive Medicine. He earned an A.B. degree magna cum laude from Harvard University, as well as an MPH and an MD degree with distinction in research from the University of Rochester.


The 2014 Ebola epidemic in Liberia terrified the world—and revealed how unprepared we are for the next outbreak of an infectious disease. Somewhere in nature, a killer virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a bird, bat, monkey, or pig, preparing to jump to a human being. This not-yet-detected germ has the potential to wipe out millions of lives over a matter of weeks or months. That risk makes the threat posed by ISIS, a ground war, a massive climate event, or even the dropping of a nuclear bomb on a major city pale in comparison.

In The End of Epidemics, Harvard Medical School faculty member and Chair of the Global Health Council Dr. Jonathan D. Quick examines the eradication of smallpox and devastating effects of influenza, AIDS, SARS, and Ebola. Analyzing local and global efforts to contain these diseases and citing firsthand accounts of failure and success, Dr. Quick proposes a new set of actions which he has coined “The Power of Seven,” to end epidemics before they can begin. These actions include:

- Spend prudently to prevent disease before an epidemic strikes, rather than spending too little, too late
- Ensure prompt, open, and accurate communication between nations and aid agencies, instead of secrecy and territorial disputes
- Fight disease and prevent panic with innovation and good science

Practical and urgent, The End of Epidemics is crucial reading for citizens, health professionals, and policy makers alike.

Presented in partnership with UNH Manchester's homeland security, history, humanities and politics and society programs

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