After Ebola: What next for West Africa’s health systems?

Below are extracts from a news item on the IRIN, the UN humanitarian news service. The full text is available here:

http://www.irinnews.org/report/101046/after-ebola-what-next-for-west-africa-s-health-systems

NAIROBI, 26 January 2015 (IRIN) – As rates of Ebola infection fall in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone planning has begun on how to rebuild public health systems and learn lessons from the outbreak….

Lessons learnt: “Community, community, community. Engagement, engagement, engagement”

Among the lessons learned across the region has been the importance of consulting, engaging and empowering local communities: their lack of trust in central government was a major handicap in tackling the epidemic… “We need to listen more. We need to do a lot of work with sociologists and anthropologists.” [said Margaret Harris, spokesperson of the World Health Organization (WHO)]

Best wishes, Neil

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