Health-system resilience: reflections on the Ebola crisis in western Africa

Editorial in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Health-system resilience: reflections on the Ebola crisis in western AfricaWHO "The last decade has seen increased external health-related aid to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. However, in the context of Millennium Development Goals 4, 5 and 6, most of this aid has been allocated to combat human immunodeficiency virus infection, malaria and tuberculosis, with much of the residual going to maternal and child health services. Therefore, relatively little external aid was left to support overall development of health systems.5 This lack of balanced investment in the health systems contributes to the challenges of controlling the current Ebola outbreak. Weak health systems cannot be resilient.6–8 A strong health system decreases a country’s vulnerability to health risks and ensures a high level of preparedness to mitigate the impact of any crises," write the authors of WHO Bulletin's editorial in December 2014.

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