L to R: Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, Stefanie Friedhoff, Dr. Peter PiotPhoto credit: Rachel Hassinger/MSH
On March 27, 2015, Dr. Peter Piot of the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, MSH President and CEO, sat down at the Boston Public Library with Stefanie Friedhoff of The Boston Globe to discuss Ebola, epidemic preparedness and rebuilding public health systems.
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Here are some excerpts from their conversation:
Stefanie Friedhoff: What did countries do that worked well in the Ebola fight?
Jonathan Quick: There were 6 things that worked well in three of the rim countries of Nigeria, Mali and Senegal.
Leadership: Ministers of Health were on top of the first cases and declared national emergencies.
Preparedness of public health systems.
Rapid action in getting the index case identified and case detection system for subsequent cases.
Good communications campaigns.
Mobilizing the community.
Heroism of local health workers.
SF: Why was the international response so slow? What should be done?