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Investing In Primary Health Care Critical To Stopping Local Disease Outbreaks, Preventing Global Pandemics

The Guardian: As Ebola has shown, the global health system is as strong as its weakest link
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former president of Liberia

“…[T]he world’s health system is only as strong as its weakest link. Investing in primary health care is the best way to detect and stop local outbreaks before they become global pandemics. … Countries must learn from each other — and not just in times of crisis. … West Africa still feels the lasting effects of Ebola, while our brothers and sisters in [Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)] are working urgently to bring an end to the current outbreak before it spirals out of control. Unless we learn the hard lessons, the global health system will remain like a house without a foundation. Ensuring that everyone, everywhere, has access to essential health services is our best shot at avoiding the all too familiar cycle of health emergencies…” (10/25)

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