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Ebola: a humanitarian crisis and development wake-up call?

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Ebola: a humanitarian crisis and development wake-up call?

The West African Ebola crisis has claimed over 10,000 lives and exposed deep fractures in the health systems of the three hardest hit countries – Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. National health systems have struggled under the weight of the crisis. International agencies were not only slow to arrive but also took too long to involve communities in the response.

Furthermore, challenges encountered during the humanitarian response, such as community resistance to the authorities’ social mobilisation campaigns, reflect a deeper level of citizen mistrust in the health systems of these countries and in the governments themselves.

Ebola is forcing the international community and affected governments to rethink how health systems can best be supported to withstand such crises as well as strengthened in the long-term. But how do vulnerable health systems become resilient ones? And how can aid agencies better build trust with affected communities, so as to prevent transmissions during future outbreaks and stop major epidemics happening in the first place?

Co-hosted by the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) and the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN), this public event will reflect on the Ebola crisis from both humanitarian and development perspectives, beginning with a keynote address from Sierra Leone’s High Commissioner for UK and Ireland, H.E. Mr Edward M Turay.

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