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Ebola, Lessons to be Learned

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01 march 2015

Ebola, lessons to be learned

Co-presented with MSF and the support of the Philanthropia foundation

SPEAKERS
Jean-Clément Cabrol, Director of Operations at MSF
Dr. Ruediger Krech, Director, Office of the Assistant Director - General, Health Systems and Innovation, WHO
Sylvain Landry Faye, Socio-anthropologist, Head of the Departement of Sociology, University of Cheikh Anta Diop
in Dakar, Senegal
Skype intervention from Conakry by Fanta Camara, former ebola patient

Moderation : Maria Pia Mascaro, Journalist for the Radio Télévision Suisse RTS

One year ago, MSF raised the alarm: Ebola in Guinea caused an unprecedented epidemic. With their masked faces and astronaut looks, the health care responders have become the symbol of the fight against a silent killer, an invisible but very real threat. Within months, Ebola killed more people than any previous epidemics combined.

Ebola hit West Africa with full force, causing thousands of deaths, ravaging the already fragile health systems and damaging the economic situation in many countries, including States that are still just barely recovering from civil wars.
The local medical teams, supported by NGOs, were quickly overwhelmed and could not contain the disease. The extremely rapid spread of the virus is due to many factors, including dysfunctional health systems, lack of trust in the authorities, mobility and population density… Above all, the Ebola virus has become endemic disease because of a belated and weak international response: it took several months for WHO to recognize the urgency of the crisis and mobilize resources.

What lessons has Ebola taught us in our approach to overall health? How do we build local and global health
systems that respect human rights?
To understand the scientific mobilisation against the emergence o f new viruses, the film Épidémies, la menace
invisible will lead us to the four corners of the world on the hunt for Ebola, Mers-CoV and the H/N9 flu.


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