The Ebola fog is lifting – next global epidemic to eradicate: Bad Global Management
We produce and consume disasters whether we intend to or not. But it’s generally not the same groups of people that causing disasters and those sacrificing. Disasters, in all their grief, have a capacity to reveal inequalities and injustices of the world (e.g. Katrina did in the US and the earthquake in Haiti). While we wait for the little Ebola virus to give in under the pressure from the international community let us see if this disaster has unearthed hidden disparities in health, ugly faces of the international community or new lessons for global health that we need to address.
In her speech at the 136th executive board meeting of the WHO in 2015, Director-General Margaret Chan said: “Well-functioning health systems holds together the community and protects against crises“, and noted that universal and equal access to health care reduce the effect of social determinants on health.
The current Ebola epidemic has given its own view on why we should invest in health.
Picture: Ebola Graveyard in Gulu, Uganda established after the Ebola epidemic in 2000.