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News Outlets Examine International Community’s Ebola Response, Future Challenges

News outlets examine the response to the West African Ebola outbreak and the challenges that lie ahead.

BuzzFeed News: How Global Health Failed Liberia As The Ebola Outbreak Took Hold
“…Liberia’s poor health infrastructure is no secret. … So when one of the world’s deadliest diseases hit a country that had never seen it before, with a health infrastructure that major global health players knew was weak, it’s no wonder health officials … expected a more urgent response…” (Moore, 9/11).

National Journal: What’s Needed to Make the Ebola Relief Effort Work?
“Just about everyone agrees that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is out of control, but no one wants to take responsibility for controlling it. … ‘Right now the prognosis is grim,’ said Josh Michaud, associate director of global health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation. ‘In the absence of all this aid that’s proposed but not yet provided, it seems like the epidemic is on a growth curve, not a downward curve, with more and more cases appearing every week, and more and more deaths. … It’s hard to see far out in the future, but if current trends continue and there’s no change in the way the world, region, countries are intervening, it’s hard see how it won’t just increase, creating greater disruption’…” (Novack, 9/10).

Washington Post: Global response to Ebola marked by lack of coordination and leadership, experts say
“More than six months into the worst Ebola outbreak in history, there is no clear sense of who is leading the international response, how funds are being collected and disbursed, which organizations are providing equipment and personnel, and when any of these efforts will make a significant difference in slowing the epidemic in West Africa…” (Sun, 9/11).

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