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New Book, POLITICO Examine Lessons Learned From Ebola Responses

The Guardian: Book lifts lid on litany of mistakes in Ebola outbreak that killed 11,300 people
“The World Health Organization and other global agencies have failed to learn sufficient lessons from the 2014 Ebola outbreak that killed more than 11,300 people in West Africa, a British doctor at the center of the battle in Sierra Leone has said. Although the response to the most recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was swift and effective, the international community’s long-term strategies have only marginally changed, said Oliver Johnson, who in a book with Irish diplomat Sinead Walsh lifts the lid on the extraordinary behind-the-scene failures four years ago…” (O’Carroll, 7/30).

POLITICO: World’s doctor gets second chance on Ebola
“…The World Health Organization’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus this month declared an end to an Ebola outbreak that started in May in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, four years after the agency’s high-profile failure to contain the spread of the virus throughout West Africa. It’s a notable win for an organization struggling to regain momentum after major institutional shortcomings in handling disease outbreaks — from Ebola to avian flu to the respiratory virus SARS. … As its member countries and in particular the United States take an increasingly isolationist approach to global health, the Geneva-based agency is desperate to show it’s still worthy of bankrolling…” (Jennings/Wheaton, 7/29).

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