Ebola response impact on public health programs, West Africa, 2014–2017

Barbara J. Marston, E. Kainne Dokubo, Amanda van Steelandt, Lise Martel, Desmond Williams, Sara Hersey, Amara Jambai, Sakoba Keita, Tolbert G. Nyenswah, John T. Redd

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Abstract

Events such as the 2014–2015 West Africa epidemic of Ebola virus disease highlight the importance of the capacity to detect and respond to public health threats. We describe capacity-building efforts during and after the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea and public health progress that was made as a result of the Ebola response in 4 key areas: emergency response, laboratory capacity, surveillance, and workforce development. We further highlight ways in which capacity-building efforts such as those used in West Africa can be accelerated after a public health crisis to improve preparedness for future events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S25-S32
JournalEmerging infectious diseases
Volume23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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Marston, B. J., Dokubo, E. K., van Steelandt, A., Martel, L., Williams, D., Hersey, S., ... Redd, J. T. (2017). Ebola response impact on public health programs, West Africa, 2014–2017. Emerging infectious diseases, 23, S25-S32. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2313.170727