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Blog Posts Discuss Impacts Of Ebola In West Africa

Several blog posts address the social and economic impacts of the Ebola outbreak on West Africa.

ONE blog: Ebola’s economic side effects may kill more people than the virus
Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA, writes, “We need to understand Ebola’s deadly economic and social side effects — and to craft a response that is just as broad. If we fail, Ebola will go on killing long after the virus itself is contained…” (9/18).

Baker Institute Blog: Stopping Ebola and other diseases of poverty: Reflections on U.S. efforts to control Ebola in West Africa
Jennifer Herricks, a postdoctoral fellow in disease and poverty at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, discusses the U.S. response to Ebola, concluding, “It is time that the U.S. and the world step up and do more, especially for those suffering from debilitating conditions, such as Ebola, Chagas disease, intestinal worm infections, lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), and many other conditions that have long been neglected” (9/18).

U.N. Dispatch: The Devastating Economic Impact of Ebola
In a guest post, Antionio Vigilante of the United Nations Development Programme, writes, “The resurgence of the Ebola crisis since July and its gradual escalation into a national emergency in Liberia has diverted the focus and resources available to the authorities to the containment of the virus. In this phase of the crisis, it is necessary to act on all fronts to meet the devastating health, social and economic challenges before Liberia and other affected countries see all their hard-won development gains dwindle to nothing” (Goldberg, 9/17).

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