Iyamide Olukoshi is from Nigeria and Sierra Leone. She is currently a student at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Food Policy at Tufts University. She holds a Master's in public health with a specialization and international focus in maternal and child health. She hopes to work somewhere in West Africa in the field of maternal and child nutrition. She is a huge football fan and loves running and learning new languages and cultures.

Radar | December 17, 2015

The Governance of the Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone

“While it is true that the three most affected EVD countries have weak health care systems—partly due to the legacy of years of political instability and civil wars—the extremely high rate of infection observed in Sierra Leone is attributable to poor governance, mishandling, and the politicization of EVD in the country. Sierra Leone’s weak postwar governance structures were ill-equipped to handle regular public health demands and completely unprepared for a crisis of the magnitude occasioned by the outbreak of EVD. As a result, lives that could have been saved by effective prevention measures, quick intervention, and efficient management were needlessly wasted.”

Photo credit to UNMEER/Martine Perret. Taken on January 17, 2015. CC BY-ND 2.0. Image was cropped to fit frame. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/unmeer/16130186280/in/album-72157649962866448/
Volunteer team disinfects each other after carrying the body of an Ebola Virus Disease victim in West Africa.