2018 | Advancing Partners & Communities (APC)
The West African Ebola outbreak devastated the already fragile health systems in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. The outbreak took the lives of hundreds of health workers, and patients stopped visiting health facilities out of fear for cross-infection. The outbreak exposed critical gaps in these health systems, revealing the need to strengthen health services and infection control to prevent future outbreaks, including the most basic infrastructure like access to water, electricity, and appropriate medical equipment. To rebuild and sustain health systems recovery, governments, donors, and partners must consider long-term, strategic investments. Tools and information in this section are intended for governments, donors, and those interested in health systems strengthening and recovery; it will enable them to understand the unique health challenges that accompany an infectious disease outbreak such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Learn more by reading some of the local MOH Perspectives and information on Upgrading Speciality Services.