Effective Ebola Response Requires Building Trust With Affected Communities

New York Times: Why Couldn’t My Ebola Treatment Center Save This Baby?
Karin Huster, clinical instructor in the department of global health at the University of Washington and field coordinator with Doctors Without Borders

“…[T]here is more we can — and must — do [to respond to Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)]. … While promising vaccines and experimental treatments are rapidly being added to our arsenal, this technology is not a panacea. … We must engage better with communities. We have to recognize where people are coming from and what their fears and expectations are in order to build trust. We also need to reconsider some of our approaches to care. We could, for example, stop building huge testing and treatment centers in favor of small, more welcoming local structures. We could initially isolate and care for some patients in their own homes while their test results are pending. We could train members of the community, survivors especially, to help with that work. And we could consider new ways to safely allow select family members to be with loved ones during their time in isolation…” (1/30).

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