Topic: Africa

To stop Ebola, strengthen health systems in West Africa

The current Ebola crisis spread quickly in West African countries, some of the poorest in the world, where health systems are poorly developed or dysfunctional. The best way to contain the epidemic is for the international community to make health and health…

Predicting Ebola’s spread using cell phone data

Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) epidemiologist Caroline Buckee and her team are using cell phone data to track travel patterns across West Africa to help fight the Ebola epidemic. Such data—including unique cell phone “pings” from cell phone towers—can show where…

Ebola: U.S. should learn from West Africa’s response

In the weeks since the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States, officials have repeatedly tried to reassure Americans that this is “not West Africa.” This is a wrong-headed attitude, according to an editorial by Michelle Holmes, associate professor…

Cracking Ebola’s genetic code

Pardis Sabeti has been a leader in the effort to analyze Ebola’s genetic code and track its mutations. Sabeti, who is an associate professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard School of Public Health, associate professor, Center for…

Investing in health systems may stem Ebola outbreak

A broad humanitarian response that includes investments in health care staff, medical resources, and health systems is more likely to be effective in halting the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa and creating sustainable models for responding to future infectious disease outbreaks…

Ebola epidemic is stoppable

The Ebola epidemic is stoppable—if health professionals use procedures that are known to be effective in quelling such outbreaks, and by widening the international response to Ebola in West Africa, according to Atul Gawande. Writing in The New Yorker on October 3,…

Ebola’s disastrous effects could ramp up significantly

West African nations like Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia could suffer exponentially more disastrous effects from the Ebola virus if the international response to the epidemic isn’t improved, according to a panel of experts speaking Sept. 23, 2014 at Harvard University’s Barker…

A critical voice on biosafety

Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, has become a leading critic of experiments creating dangerous flu strains that are transmissible between mammals. Earlier this year, he co-authored an…

Combating Ebola by gaining trust

Mosoka Fallah, MPH ’12, who grew up in Monrovia, Liberia, has returned to the capital city to help contain the spreading Ebola epidemic. An epidemiologist and immunologist, Fallah has been systematically leading teams of volunteers through the city’s slums to identify victims,…