Many Institutions, Including WHO, Failed In Ebola Response, MSF Report Says

News outlets discuss a report by Medécins Sans Frontières analyzing the response to the West African Ebola outbreak.

Deutsche Welle: Ebola report slams slow WHO response
“A year on from the start of the worst Ebola outbreak in history, Doctors Without Borders published a report slamming the international community’s response to the crisis, particularly that of the World Health Organization (WHO)…” (3/23).

Canadian Press/Globe And Mail: MSF report cites WHO’s failures in ongoing Ebola outbreak
“…The report notes that many observers have suggested the scale of the outbreak was due to a perfect-storm-like confluence of factors. … The report says the World Health Organization displayed a lack of leadership, downplaying the threat the outbreak posed when MSF officials were desperately trying to get the world to realize how dangerous the situation in West Africa had become…” (Branswell, 3/22).

Fox News: Front-line doctors blame U.N. for Ebola response
“…In response to the MSF accusations, [a] WHO spokesman told Fox News that MSF had offered ‘several criticisms that WHO has already acknowledged and has taken action to address,’ pointing to a series of measures the organization had passed at a special session of the organization’s supervising Executive Board in January 2015…” (Russell, 3/22).

International Business Times: Ebola outbreak an avoidable tragedy and WHO must shoulder much of the blame — MSF
“…Medécins Sans Frontières (MSF), which first raised the alarm over the current Ebola outbreak that has killed over 10,200 people, said in its report that many institutions, including the WHO, had failed in their response. Entitled ‘Pushed To The Limit And Beyond,’ the MSF report notes how its warnings in June were dismissed as alarmist by many of the affected nations…” (K, 3/23).

Reuters: Slow Ebola response cost thousands of lives: MSF
“…Guinea and Sierra Leone downplayed the epidemic and accused MSF of spreading fear and panic. In June, the Sierra Leone government told the WHO to report only lab-confirmed deaths — falsely reducing the death toll, the report said…” (Hussain, 3/22).

TIME: Slow International Response to Ebola Epidemic Cost Thousands of Lives: MSF
“…MSF first declared there was an Ebola outbreak at the end of March last year but this was rejected by the WHO. Three months later the body officially confirmed the outbreak…” (Regan, 3/22).

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