November 2014 Question of the Month: Evaluating Responses to the Ebola Outbreak

CREDIT: European Commission DG ECHO (CC)

This month we’ll be looking at the Ebola outbreak and responses to it worldwide. The GEN provides a unique opportunity for people from all over the globe to engage with each other and share ideas. Make your voice heard by responding to our question of the month!

How would you evaluate your country or city’s response to the Ebola outbreak? Do you think your government should be doing more, doing less, or is the response appropriate?

Below are some resources from Policy Innovations, Carnegie Council’s online magazine. Read what others are saying about this topic and tell us what you think!

Abdulrahman M. El Sayed, from Project Syndicate: “Ice Buckets and Ebola” http://www.policyinnovations.org/ideas/commentary/data/000290

The Lancet Global Health: “Ebola: What Went Wrong?” http://www.policyinnovations.org/ideas/commentary/data/00293

Prabhjot Singh, Project Syndicate: “Health in a Time of Ebola” http://www.policyinnovations.org/ideas/commentary/data/00283

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Comment by Maria Isabel Mendiola on November 7, 2014 at 1:47am

Considering that Philippines is an underdeveloped country and the country's Health department was only given a small amount of budget and a few number of isolation rooms compared to other countries who prepared for Ebola in case it enters is very challenging, adding also the fact that there are thousands of Overseas Filipino Workers in West Africa, the free international travel and travel bans have not been issued can really make the country vulnerable. Despite the given circumstances, I am satisfied of how our government monitored the dreaded Ebola and how our health officials planned and prepared this kind of situation. From monitoring OFW's situation (Ebola-hit countries), screening people coming in our country, incubation of people who manifests some symptoms of Ebola are just some of their safety measures to prepare the country for Ebola outbreak and all I can say is that, they are doing well.

Comment by Valentine Olushola Oyedipe on November 3, 2014 at 11:53am

The prompt action of the Federal  Republic of Nigeria to curtail the Ebola Virus outbreak in Nigeria did yield impressive results. Special salutation to Mr. President and his team. Despite a few deaths registered, Nigerian government was able  to control the spread of the virus and today the WHO has certified Nigeria to be Ebola free country.Nigerians did appreciate the swiftness of the government in this respect by not allowing the virus to get to  vulnerable regions of the country. The commitment to the cause by the State and all other stake holders has been tremendous.Massive enlightenment programmes in both rural and urban areas by the State and the cooperative attitude of the entire citizenry were overwhelming.However, this not to say that government efforts should not be intensified, efforts  indeed must be consolidated by the government.And I can see the preparedness of the government in this regard.

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