Liberia | May 16, 2017

Military Humanitarianism and Africa’s Troubling “Forces for Good”

This article was concurrently published on Items, the SSRC’s digital essay forum, a space for engagement with the Council’s work and with the social sciences more generally. Monrovia, Liberia. August 20, 2014 ― Early in the morning, the Ebola Task Force, a joint operation led by the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), institutes a surprise […]

U.S. Air Force Airman supporting Operation United Assistance
Research and Practice | May 2, 2016

“If I Die, Let Me Be the Last”: Reflecting on Dr. Lukwiya and Uganda’s Efforts Against Ebola

“Promoting public awareness about the disease and developing mechanisms of social support to victims and affected communities is extremely critical because the outbreaks of virus diseases such as Ebola are social issues inasmuch they are medical issues, and go beyond biomedical concerns alone. None of these tactics, however, are possible without good governance and effective leadership, which we as Africans must advocate for and hold our leaders accountable.”

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A burial team volunteer disinfects their personal protective equipment after carrying the body of a woman who died from the Ebola virus.
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.