Treating, Containing, Mobilizing: The Role of Médecins Sans Frontières in the West African Ebola Epidemic Response
MSF's Research Unit on Humanitarian Stakes and Practices (UREPH) is pleased to announce the publication of the chapter "Treating, Containing, Mobilizing: The Role of Médecins Sans Frontières in the West African Ebola Epidemic Response" by Heather Pagano and Marc Poncin in the book Global Management of Infectious Disease after Ebola (eds. Halabi et al., 2016, Oxford University Press).
With 28,639 cases and 11,316 deaths, the 2014 - 2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa stunned the world, revealing the global health community’s collective shortcomings in the face of a virulent and deadly disease. It was also among the largest responses in MSF’s history with more than 5,000 staff deployed to care for patients and help contain the outbreak. In this chapter, Heather Pagano and Marc Poncin examine the evolving role of the organisation, which was compelled to take on responsibilities beyond its usual first responder mandate, as the epidemic spread, with both successes and failures.