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CSIS Brief Examines Eastern Congo’s Ebola Outbreak, Provides Recommendations For U.S. Response

Center for Strategic & International Studies: North Kivu’s Ebola Outbreak at Day 90: What Is to Be Done?
J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice president and director of the Global Health Policy Center, and Judd Devermont, director of the Africa Program, both at CSIS, discuss the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu province in eastern Congo, writing, “There is an urgent need for high-level political attention focused on generating an updated game plan to improve security, train and deploy community health workers and Congolese public health experts, and win community trust and cooperation. The United States — vitally important to the international response in West Africa 2014-2016 — has chosen thus far, out of security concerns, to limit its engagement to the periphery of the outbreak. Quick action is needed to affirm U.S. leadership in eastern Congo, better understand the specific security threats at play, and come up with practical solutions that permit the safe deployment of a small U.S. expert contingent into the center of the outbreak, where seasoned U.S. talent is most needed” (11/1).