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Holding Public Attention On Ebola, Other Outbreaks Important For Longer-Term Public Health Improvements

IRIN: Uneven Distributions: What we talk about when we talk about Ebola
Paul Currion, humanitarian consultant

“…People aren’t talking about Ebola as much as they used to — definitely not as much as they should be … The struggle isn’t going badly, all things considered, but this isn’t going to be the last outbreak we’ll have to manage — we’re still waiting for that big influenza pandemic, remember? To avoid catastrophe next time, we need to be better prepared, which means that we need a longer-term commitment: to re-examine the logic of the global public health system, to focus on a more holistic approach, and to invest in health systems in at-risk countries…” (1/13).

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