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Study On Militaries’ Involvement In Global Health Pursuits Highlights Need For More Analysis Before Future Outbreaks

The Lancet: Civil-military cooperation in Ebola and beyond
Adam Kamradt-Scottemail and Frank Smith III of the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney; Sophie Harman of Queen Mary University of London; Clare Wenham, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

“…We studied the effect of civil-military cooperation during the Ebola outbreak … Based on this research, we outline just four key findings here that should be considered when thinking about the role of the military during global health crises. … [T]he involvement of military personnel in [global health] pursuits remains controversial and raises questions about their effects on humanitarian principles, personnel, and practices. Civil-military cooperation during the 2014 Ebola outbreak proved necessary and helped the affected countries to contain the virus sooner, ultimately saving lives. But more evidence, analysis, and guidelines are needed about the types of health activities that military personnel can undertake in humanitarian crises before we witness, and need to respond to, another major disease outbreak” (1/9).

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