The Ebola crisis: a wake up call, urgent need towards setting up an International Health Systems Fund

The Ebola crisis in West Africa is very serious. The killer disease may affect a projected group of 20,000 people; half of them may die. According to Professor Lawrence O Gostin, Faculty Director at O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown, University Law Center, Washington the international response to the current outbreak has been fractured and delayed. In a “COMMENT” published in the latest issue of The Lancet he stated that the crisis in west Africa could have been averted if governments and health agencies had acted on the recommendations of a 2011 World Health Organisation (WHO) Commission on global health emergencies.
He called for renewed international commitment to a health systems contingency fund to prevent another infectious disease crisis, together with long-term funding for enduring health systems development.
“The west African Ebola epidemic could spark a badly needed global course correction that would favour strong health infrastructure. Sustainable funding scalable to needs for enduring health systems is a wise and affordable investment. It is in all states’ interests to contain health hazards that may eventually travel to their shores. But beyond self-interest are the imperatives of health and social justice—a humanitarian response that would work, now and for the future.” he concluded
The comment may be accessed at:
http://download.thelancet.com/flatcontentassets/pdfs/S0140673614613453.pdf

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About ksparthasarathy

I am a former Secretary of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. I am a former Raja Ramanna Fellow in the Department of Atomic Energy. Free lance journalism is my hobby
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