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Ebola Response Must Be Linked To Health Systems Strengthening, Paul Farmer Says

Washington Post: Paul Farmer on Ebola: “This isn’t a natural disaster, this is the terrorism of poverty”
“…[Paul Farmer, Harvard professor and co-founder of Partners in Health,] argues that the only way to solve these epidemics is to focus on the four S’s — stuff, staff, space, and systems. ‘All over the world there are warehouses of guidelines and policies and protocols, but you’ve got to have stuff, staff, space, and systems in the places where you need them most. You can’t work magic out of nothing,’ Farmer said. He said if it were a purely ‘natural’ disaster, the case fatality rate would be the same everywhere. But it’s not…” (Achenbach, 10/6).

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