Web Briefing for Media: The Response to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

President Obama recently announced an increased effort by the United States to respond to the spread of Ebola in West Africa as the scale of the outbreak continues to grow.  What has the global response been so far?  How has the United States contributed? What will the response be going forward, in the coming weeks and months? What key lessons can be learned from this outbreak, and what can be learned by comparing the outbreak to other large-scale disasters?  On Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. ET, the Kaiser Family Foundation held an interactive web briefing exclusively for journalists to examine these questions.

Steve Monroe, deputy director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the CDC; Sophie Delaunay, executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières; Jen Kates, Kaiser Family Foundation vice president and director of global health and HIV policy; and Josh Michaud, Foundation associate director of global health policy provided insights and answered questions.  Penny Duckham, executive director of the Foundation’s Media Fellowships Program, moderated, and the majority of the web briefing was devoted to a question-and-answer session with journalists.

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