African Expertise Key to Stopping Ebola – Then and Now


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An Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is once again straining Africa’s medical resources.

Prospects for progress are due in large part to  lessons learned from  the 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa, which caught global health officials off guard and killed 11,000 people. One lesson that became clear was that foreign expertise cannot protect African communities from Ebola or other outbreaks of infectious disease. African health capacity and expertise is essential.

I was a member of the EpiAFRIC team that evaluated the response of the African Union (AU) to the West African epidemic. The AU had recruited over 800 volunteer medical experts from across the continent to combat the epidemic raging across Guinea,…

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