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Opinion Pieces Discuss Lessons From Ebola, Path Forward To Eliminate Epidemic

Roll Call: Containing Epidemics Like Ebola: Lessons From Nigeria’s Success
Bobby Kapur, associate chief of emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine

“…In addition to helping West African countries contain the epidemic, the [U.S. Ebola] funding will build capacity in the U.S. to respond to Ebola and future epidemics. Moreover, combating contagions abroad offers lessons that can be applied here at home. … Now is the time for America to implement a plan for public health security that will standardize care, prevent confusion and, ultimately, keep citizens safe. Passing the President’s funding to combat Ebola is one step in the right direction” (12/12).

New York Times: The Path to Zero Ebola Cases
Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group

“…[W]e are not yet on the path to end the [Ebola] epidemic. These three [West African] countries and the world must now shift the focus of their strategy with one goal in mind: zero Ebola cases. While each country faces different challenges in reaching this destination, there are common principles that can guide them. … First, we must find the resources required, no matter the cost, to get to zero cases as soon as possible. … Second, it is time to multiply the number of trained people to hunt down the virus. … Third, response coordination and support mechanisms must move down to the district level … Fourth, national response strategies must be nimble and adapt to local conditions … Finally, we must empower the strong leaders in the region who head the response to extinguish the virus wherever it exists…” (12/11).

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