Ebola: a humanitarian crisis and development wake-up call?
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.
If you missed the event, you can still view it in full online.