Letters Post-Ebola reforms

Post-Ebola reforms deserve support

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j833 (Published 15 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j833
  1. Margaret F C Chan, medical doctor and director general
  1. World Health Organization, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland
  1. chanm{at}who.int

We agree with Moon and colleagues1—most of the 11 000 Ebola deaths in west Africa could have been prevented had the world been much better prepared. Those three countries had broken health systems, rudimentary capacities for research and logistics, and no early warning systems. People put their trust in traditional healers. Clinicians had unsafe treatment centres, no vaccines or treatments, …

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