Ebola: International community ‘too slow’ to respond
Jonathan Barden works as a humanitarian advisor and UK staffing lead for the Department for International Development’s (DFID) Ebola Crisis Unit (ECU) and will be speaking at the forthcoming Medical Support Operations conference in London this May to address the issue of improving collaborative response to disasters based on recent experience in Africa, Gaza and the Philippines. Ahead of his briefing, he told Defence IQ that whilst the Ebola Virus Disease has been a very serious problem, the fact that it was not air or water borne has meant that it has been easier to contain than other diseases. In spite of this small ‘blessing’, other factors have still proved to be big hurdles on the road to eradication. Barden also walks us through the UK's strategy to providing international healthcare responses and the ways in which staff are prepared and protected...
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