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THE LASTING THREAT OF EBOLA: THE WHO CALLS FOR STRONGER ACTIONS

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the deadly Ebola epidemic that has ripped through Africa represents an international health emergency.

Moreover, the WHO’s director general has announced that the current outbreak is the strongest and even the most complex in the nearly four decades of the history of the disease.

The committee of the WHO has unanimously decided to declare the international state of emergency. This decision represents a strong call to alert the entire world to the need for higher vigilance of possible cases of Ebola.

According to experts, this announcement stresses the importance to reinforce international solidarity over the outbreak that is the largest and longest in history.

Furthermore, experts from the WHO have highlighted that the most vulnerable countries lack the adequate instruments to overcome this complex and alarming situation. In this way, the international community should support these countries with stronger action in order to solve this challenging issue.

Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone are the main countries affected by this crisis.

Focusing on Liberian specific context, experts have indicated that fragile health systems and serious lack of human, financial and material resources in the countries are the main causes of the outbreak.

On the other hand, the spread of the infection can be reduced with concrete and effective measures, experts highlight.

Additionally, researchers of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have argued that the Ebola outbreak will require a long fight, adding it would take at least three to six months to end the crisis: additionally, this time lapse would be the best-case scenario, experts say.

In this framework, other experts suggest the importance to establish new mechanisms, involving directly African communities, and trying to convince them to abandon their traditional habits when people have died that involve washing the body and kissing the corpse immediately after death, which is when it is most infectious.

 

The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC  project

Friday, 08 August 2014

(Source: The Independent)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.