On our Wednesday, December 2, 2015 Program:
“Ebola Free: Moving Beyond the Epidemic”
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first reported in March 2014 and rapidly became the deadliest epidemic since its discovery in 1976. There were more than 28 thousand reported cases and more than 11 thousand people died from the disease. Now after nearly 19 months of fighting the epidemic, Sierra Leone announced last month that the nation was Ebola free. Guinea also says it will soon be free of the virus. However, neighboring Liberia announced the deaths of three Ebola patients last week. These new deaths come on the heels of a panel of experts calling for major reforms of the global health system to avoid a repeat of the Ebola epidemic that swept across West Africa in 2014 and early 2015. The Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine say the slow response cost thousands of lives. The report also says the biggest single failure was the World Health Organization's delay in sounding the alarm on the outbreak.
Join us for this live one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast, when host Shaka Ssali and his esteem panel discuss the battle to completely end to Ebola in West Africa.
Washington Studio Guests:
Dr. Ashish Jha, MD, MPH,
K.T. Li Professor of International Health and Director, Harvard Global Health Institute's Department of Health Policy and Management
Dr. Malonga Miatudila MD, MPH
Ebola Expert and former World Bank Senior Public Health Specialist
Linda Mobula, MD, MPH
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Assistant Professor of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Samaritan Purse Volunteer International Disaster Relief Medical Doctor
Question of the Week:
What kind of reforms do you think the global health system needs to help African governments recover from the Ebola epidemic?
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