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Ebola Response Must Strengthen West Africa’s Health Care Systems, Officials Say

NPR: Officials Hope To Use Ebola To Build Africa’s Health Care Capabilities
“…[A]id officials are hoping [Ebola] may help to address long-festering shortcomings in West Africa’s health care systems. … [T]alk in the international community is about moving from crisis management to long-term change — building systems that not only contain Ebola now but improve overall health in the long term…” (Cadei, 12/9).

U.N. News Centre: Ebola response must include efforts to bolster health systems — U.N. Economic, Social Council chief
“While the priority is to stop the Ebola outbreak, measures must also ensure that the emergency response is linked to longer-term efforts to strengthen health systems in those countries hit the hardest, the president of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said [Thursday]…” (12/11).

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