Global Leaders, Public Health Experts Look To Bolster Health Systems, Disease Outbreak Response Systems In Ebola’s Wake

GlobalPost GroundTruth: After Ebola, will a pledge to improve health systems be realized?
“…[Global leaders] have made an increasing call for ‘health system strengthening’ — the building up of all facets of a health care system, including training medical staff, improving information systems and providing hospitals with adequate equipment and drugs to ensure a minimum standard of health care for all — and have pledged hundreds of millions of dollars. But many who work in global health worry this bold effort will not materialize, since this approach has been a failed ambition for decades as funders have prioritized shorter-term and more disease-specific goals…” (Hogan, 5/14).

VOA News: Doctors Look to Prevent Another Ebola Epidemic
“Liberians celebrated the end of the Ebola epidemic after the World Health Organization made it official on May 9. But the focus now is to prevent the next Ebola outbreak from becoming an epidemic. … The WHO and the international community were criticized for being slow to respond, but the WHO lacks the funds to provide the kind of response that was needed…” (Pearson, 5/14).

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