Ebola: A slow recovering from the crisis
While the Ebola crisis seems to ease, the UN has just published a summary report presenting a summary of the analyses, policy recommendations and suggested actions that emerged from a multi-partnered mission in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone last January. This report is a contribution to on-going efforts by the Governments of these countries to design their national Ebola virus disease recovery strategies. A joint team of experts led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been involved in its preparation, including UN agencies and the World Bank, European Union and African Development Bank, in consultation with the African Union, Economic Community of West African States and Mano River Union.
This summary report reflects the views of the technical teams involved and gives us an overview of the collateral damages caused by the virus until now.
According to the report, this latest and largest-ever Ebola outbreak has highlighted weaknesses, not just in the fragile developing nations but also in the global institutional machinery for identifying and quickly neutralizing health hazards. Several factors contributed to accelerating the transmission of the Ebola virus or to slowing the response. These factors include weakness of the national health systems; poor citizen access to basic services such as water, sanitation, health care and social protection; the unsafe practice of some traditional rites; fragility of the countries’ infrastructure; poor state-society relations; over-centralized governance and weak accountability systems; and delays in the international response. In West Africa what began as a health crisis quickly escalated into a humanitarian, social, economic and security crisis.
A full report of the joint team of experts led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be published separately.