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Response to Ebola

This work has now concluded.

After Ebola was first reported in Guinea in March 2014, major outbreaks spread quickly to Sierra Leone and Liberia, and then to Nigeria by August. As the death tolls continue to rise, managing the spread and aiding the affected is urgent not just for West Africa, but also for donor organizations and governments channelling cash and in-kind contributions to the region to fight this deadly disease. 

CGD’s work on the Ebola crisis has focused on long-term lessons for health systems in developing countries, the importance of well-qualified leadership at the World Health Organization, the futility of travel bans, the economic cost of the crisis for the affected West African countries, and the importance of tracking funding for donor accountability.