MSF, Georgetown University Experts React To WHO Decision To Not Declare DRC Ebola Outbreak Global Emergency

Médecins Sans Frontières: MSF: Ebola epidemic not under control, urgent change of strategy needed
“The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) made the following statement after the World Health Organization decided [on Friday] to not declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern for the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). … ‘Whatever the official status of this outbreak is, it is clear that the outbreak is not under control and therefore we need a better collective effort. The virus has not spread to neighboring countries so far, but the possibility exists. What is most important now if we want to gain control of this epidemic is to change the way we are dealing with it,’ [said Gwenola Serouz, emergency manager at MSF]…” (4/12).

Georgetown University Medical Center: Georgetown Global Health Experts in Infectious Disease Available to Comment on WHO PHEIC Meeting
“[On Friday], World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on the recommendation of the Emergency Committee, declined to declare the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Global health security expert Rebecca Katz, [director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University and an associate professor of microbiology and immunology,] and global health legal and policy expert Alexandra Phelan, [faculty instructor in Georgetown’s Center for Global Health Science and Security and adjunct professor at Georgetown Law,] both express disappointment about the decision…” (4/12).

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