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Investing In Long-Term Development, Resiliency Will Help Response To Next Disease Outbreak

U.S. News: How to Stop the Next Pandemic
Martin Sajdik, president of the U.N. Economic and Social Council

“…Going forward, in order to put fetters on the ferocious appetite of this [Ebola] pandemic, we must not focus solely on a reactionary response. While quarantines, beds, and medical workers are essential in stemming the bloodied tide that has taken a devastating toll on Sierra Leone of late, we cannot lose sight of setting up resilient societies that are more immune to current and future pandemics. And this is why the work of the U.N. Economic and Social Council is so important, prioritizing prevention in an effort to identify solutions for a comprehensive and multi-sectoral response to the Ebola outbreak. We need to address the root causes rather then just symptoms. … This is the time to show that such pandemics can only be averted through long term investments in the development of societies” (2/5).

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