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Global Health Community, Media Must Do Better Job Of Listening To Communities Directly Affected By Zika

CNN: What Ebola crisis can teach us about Zika
David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee

“Ebola was a brutal wake-up call not only for people across West Africa, but also for the global health community whose job it is to prevent such disastrous outcomes. The United Nations, nonprofit organizations, and foreign governments all promised to do better next time. … The missing link turned out to be something quite simple: Listening. Almost no one took the time to have a conversation with the people in affected communities — to listen to their concerns and fears. … The global health community and the media are now in danger of making the same mistake in fighting the Zika outbreak. … For Zika, coming so soon after Ebola, let’s not make this mistake again. Let’s remember that no matter how global they may seem, all epidemics are local” (2/29).

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