Why Making Ebola a Public Health Emergency Isn't a Silver Bullet

The World Health Organisation has declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a public health emergency. One of the expected impacts of the decision is that more funding will be raised for the response teams in the field as international support is stepped up. But Professor Yap Boum, writing in The Conversation Africa, says the outbreak of a deadly disease within a conflict zone - and now in a major city - cannot be solved with a technical solution such as more funding.

A mother holds her child in the zone where people suspected of being infected by Ebola are held in quarantine at the Ebola Transition Center in Beni, North Kivu, January 18, 2019.

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