The Ebola Crisis
Professor and Chair David Peters and alumnus Tobert Nyenswah, Liberia's Deputy Minister of Health, demonstrate special Ebola prevention practices during one of Peters' technical advising visits to the country
Faculty and alumni have been key players in the global response to the Ebola crisis
Learning from Ebola: Reflections from the Frontline, featuring alumnus Tolbert Nyenswah, Liberia’s Deputy Health Minister for Disease Surveillance and Epidemic Control
Department Faculty and alumni have made significant contributions to the fight against the recent Ebola crisis. Their efforts continue. Our chair David Peters is currently leading an international group of experts who advise the Liberian Ministry of Health on the development and implementation of stronger health information systems. One goal of the project—developing the structure for an early warning and alert response network—will help the country respond quickly to future threats like Ebola.
Other recent highlights of the Department's efforts to combat Ebola
Pulitzer Center-supported journalists Carl Gierstorfer and Erika Check Hayden joined JHSPH experts as part of the annual Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-Pulitzer Center Symposium.
- Tolbert Nyenswah, Liberian deputy minister of health, who coordinated his country’s response to the Ebola epidemic in the face of health worker shortages, inadequate health infrastructure, misinformation and distrust of health providers
- Professor and Chair David Peters, International Health, who led a Hopkins team that traveled to Liberia during the outbreak to provide health officials with technical support in controlling the epidemic.
- Assistant Professor Justin Lessler, Epidemiology, who researched the public health fallout from the disruption of health services in Ebola-affected countries.
The School and Results for Development Institute (R4D) have launched a new event series, Conversations on Sustainable Financing for Development. The series digs deeply into questions surrounding the process of countries transitioning away from external assistance for health and development. During this session panelists explored the following key questions:
- What went well and what could have been done better in the emergency response to Ebola in light of post-recovery efforts?
- How could emergency response efforts be made more sensitive to eventual post-recovery needs?
- What are the costs and benefits of establishing an emergency response that is better integrated with the local health system?
- How can emergency response efforts build and further strengthen resiliency in health systems?