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Briefing: Ebola–Myths, Realities, and Structural Violence

Published on 4 December 2014

Ten months after the first infection, Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, described the Ebola epidemic in West Africa as the ‘most severe acute public health emergency in modern times’. The disaster, she said, represents a ‘crisis for international peace and security’ and threatens the ‘very survival of societies and governments in already very poor countries’.

This briefing examines responses to the Ebola outbreak and offers a different set of explanations, rooted in the history of the region and the political economy of global health and development.

Authors

Annie Wilkinson

Health and Nutrition Cluster Lead

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authors
Wilkinson, A. and Leach, M.
journal
African Affairs, volume 114

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