West Africa Beat Ebola. But Did It Learn From It?

A young girl is taken to an ambulance after showing signs of Ebola in the village of Freeman Reserve, north of Monrovia, Liberia, Sept. 30, 2014 (AP photo by Jerome Delay).
A young girl is taken to an ambulance after showing signs of Ebola in the village of Freeman Reserve, north of Monrovia, Liberia, Sept. 30, 2014 (AP photo by Jerome Delay).
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Across West Africa, the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing back painful memories of the Ebola epidemic, which spread from the remote forest region in Guinea to Liberia and Sierra Leone, infecting over 28,000 people and claiming the lives of more than 11,000 from 2014 to 2016. As the region grapples with a new virus, have civil society groups and policymakers applied the lessons they learned from Ebola to the fight against COVID-19? Or are West African countries repeating the same fatal mistakes? With so much public mistrust of the governments in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, local human rights groups and […]

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