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Experts Worry Too Much Focus On Ebola, Lack Of Donor Accountability Might Hinder Outbreak Preparedness Efforts

GlobalPost GroundTruth: After $3.4 billion pledge to Ebola response, concerns persist about preparedness for next outbreak
“Even as donors pledged an additional $3.4 billion last week to those countries hit hardest by Ebola — Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia — those working closely on recovery remain cautious about how the international community is internalizing the lessons learned from the epidemic as it strives to preempt future health crises. Humanitarian workers, advocates, and other experts in global health welcome the additional funding but fear that the focus on Ebola could take away from existing work on other diseases and that without stronger donor accountability, the funds might not have their intended impact…” (Calma, 7/15).

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