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Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of Ebola Care, Treatment

Slate: All Lives Matter
Karin Huster, registered nurse and humanitarian aid worker

“…More than 800 health care workers across West Africa who contracted Ebola were unable to receive the same level of care our American colleague is receiving. It simply wasn’t, and isn’t, available. Horrifyingly, some 500 of them died. So who is to blame for this iniquity? What can we do differently? … These are profoundly tough and troubling questions. Ebola demands soul-searching discussions—on access to treatment, on standards of care, on how much one person’s life is worth compared with another’s. Let’s get that discussion started…” (4/6).

SciDev.Net: Focus on Disability: The next hurdle for Ebola survivors
Hannah Kuper, co-director of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

“…Very little is known about Ebola’s long-term health impact on survivors. Most previous outbreaks have been too small to shed light on this question, and so most information comes from anecdotal evidence or small studies. The scale of the current epidemic is a unique opportunity to learn more about this disease. … Research into the long-term impact of Ebola will help make the case for [disability] care, secure funds, and plan which services are needed the most” (4/8).

The Guardian: Women’s organizations fighting Ebola should be funded as a first-line defense
Niamani Mutima, executive director of Africa Grantmakers Affinity Group; Shira Gitomer, program director of Geneva Global; and Sarah Hobson, executive director of the New Field Foundation

“…Women’s community organizations and women’s rights organizations are critical first responders and need to be funded as such. They’re also there for the long haul and will remain on the frontline long after outside help has moved on. They provide an opportunity for long-term strategic funding with measurable impacts in the shifting landscape of Ebola, and other crises in the future” (4/8).

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