Opinion Piece Highlights 3 Steps Needed To Control Ebola In DRC
STAT: Urgent steps are needed to prevent Ebola from spinning out of control in the DRC
Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Jennifer Nuzzo, senior scholar at the center
“…It’s a critical time to consider what more the rest of the world should be doing to help all those who are working to contain the [Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ebola] outbreak. We believe these three steps would help. First, countries and international donors must provide the finances the DRC, WHO, and their partners need to contain this outbreak. … Second, new security strategies are needed to allow public health workers to contain the virus. … Third, governments, donors, and relevant leaders from the pharmaceutical industry should expand the Ebola vaccine supply and allow for wider use beyond the current vaccination strategy. … Government leaders and international organizations that have needed expertise and the means to help finance the response should reassess whether they are doing all they can do, either by themselves or in a coalition of the willing. Leaders should start planning with the assumption that Ebola could get much worse quickly in the DRC. If they do, maybe together they can help the DRC, WHO, and partner organizations change the direction of this outbreak” (5/3).