Opinion Pieces Discuss Actions Needed To End Ebola Outbreak
The Telegraph: Getting funds to workers on front line is critical to ending Ebola outbreak
David Malpass, president of the World Bank Group
“In the last few weeks, the latest Ebola crisis has reached a tipping point. … I see four areas of urgent action that can, if done right, fight this epidemic effectively. First, we need to direct money and support where it is needed most: to the health workers and frontline responders. … Second, we must go beyond health. … Third, resources should get the most value-for-money, including financial accountability. … Lastly, we need to redouble our efforts to address the underlying sources of fragility and poverty. … The World Bank will continue working with WHO and other organizations to direct resources to the people battling this epidemic and to the communities that need the most support. We remain on the ground in [the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)], are committed as a long-term partner, and will keep working in other countries where an Ebola outbreak may strike. The prospects for so many depend on bringing this latest outbreak to a timely end, and it will take an organized, well-financed, multi-national effort to succeed” (8/2).
CNN: The battle against Ebola is far from over
Claire E. Sterk, 20th president of Emory University and Charles Howard Candler professor of public health
“…Five years ago this week, Emory University Hospital stepped forward to accept its first patient with Ebola virus disease, Dr. Kent Brantly. In the midst of the largest outbreak since the disease was first recognized in 1976, Emory provided care to Brantly and three additional health care workers in our Serious Communicable Diseases Unit — at the time one of just four high-level biocontainment wards in the United States. But serious challenges remain. This week also marks one year since the most recent Ebola outbreak began in the DRC. … To combat this latest Ebola outbreak — and to confront the broader challenges of public health for tomorrow — we must look toward comprehensive approaches that are driven by members of affected communities and supported by those who have the knowledge or means to make a lasting difference. Working together, we can build trust and prepare for what comes next. Doing so is a matter of global human rights. Our shared future depends on it” (8/2).