Ebola epidemic exposes the pathology of the global economic and political system

PHM Position Paper

Ebola epidemic exposes the pathology of the global economic and political systemPeople's Health Movement ""Why then are we confronted with an Ebola epidemic in West Africa? The answer lies not in the pathology of the disease but in the pathology of our society and the global political and economic architecture. It is not an accident that the present Ebola epidemic has affected three of the poorest countries in the world. Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone number 175, 179 and 183, respectively, out of 187 countries on the United Nation’s Human Development Index. Their health systems are ineffective and almost non-existent in many regions. The present epidemic is one brought upon by poverty and by ruthless exploitation of the region’s natural resources." (Photo: Sierra Leone / © Tommy Trenchard/IRIN)

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