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Ebola Highlights Weak Health Systems, Offers Lessons For Next Epidemic On 1-Year Anniversary Of Outbreak Declaration

CNN: Ebola outbreak: Here’s where we are 1 year later
“…The Ebola outbreak, ravaging primarily Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, is a year old today [(Monday)]. According to one official count, it’s infected 24,000 people and killed 10,000. And it’s managed to do so because of an institutional failure on several levels: weak public health systems locally and a painfully slow response globally. But in order to get to where we are, we need to go back to how it began…” (Payne, 3/23).

New York Times: One Year Later, Ebola Outbreak Offers Lessons for Next Epidemic
“…The effort [against Ebola] has been messy, inefficient, and expensive, often lagging the epidemic’s twists in tragic ways. But the effort has also established expertise that may be built upon to prevent similar tragedies in the future — and shown personal and institutional bravery…” (Fink/Belluck, 3/22).

NPR: As Ebola Crisis Ebbs, Aid Agencies Turn To Building Up Health Systems
“…Like the two other countries at the center of the outbreak, Guinea and Sierra Leone, Liberia is one of the world’s poorest countries. And now that cases are down in Liberia — the country has seen only one new case in weeks — attention is shifting to building up the broader health system there…” (Aizenman, 3/23).

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