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Use Ebola Outbreak To Build Better Public Health System - Africa Urged

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The Ebola crisis of 2014–16 mobilized unprecedented financial assistance for West Africa to strengthen outbreak surveillance to prevent another crisis. The region has developed an ambitious blueprint over the last two years, but the effort has now reached a tipping point for success.  Careful and transparent transition planning and sensitivity to the unique diversity of the region will be key to realizing the potential and offering an excellent model for Africa in the future.
The West African region is recognized by the global public health community as being particularly vulnerable to infectious disease outbreaks, including those caused by diseases that jump the species barrier from animals. This is critically important both to the region and rest of the world. The challenge in the wake of Ebola has been to ‘build back better’, that is not only to replace the frail systems that failed the community in the past but to reinforce them to assure the health security of the population for …