Introducing The Ebola Policy & Advocacy Series

Posted by florida - October 4, 2014 - Blog, EPAS Series - 1 Comment

 

2014 may go down in history as, amongst other things, the year Ebola ceased to be a Congo disease and became instead a global phenomenon. The disease has emphasized the fact that infectious diseases respect no boundaries and are incapable of drawing a distinction between races, or income brackets.  The ways in which countries have dealt with it have, however, shown that while it can be effectively brought under control, not all countries have the capacity to do so. This is particularly evident in the countries most afflicted (currently, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone). The infectious nature of the disease, the lack of cure, the current absence of a vaccine, the ease of travel which has seen Ebola voyaging into countries it had never been experienced fuelled paranoia in nearly every parts of the world. The result has been problematic policies, lopsided media reporting, and finger-pointing and discriminatory attitudes, right alongside other more positive approaches such as development of potential vaccines and treatments, and international assistance in the areas where needed.

 

Under its policy and advocacy mandate, CHELD has developed the Ebola Policy and Advocacy Series (EPAS) to provide analyses and commentary on issues arising, policy interventions from across the world, and gaps in policy-making at international and national levels. The series will provide an opportunity to provide in-depth and layered analyses of the various steps and policy interventions now appearing in various countries in a bid to answer the question: Are policy interventions proving effective to address and eradicate Ebola, especially in the countries that are currently suffering the most?

 

The series will include commentary and analyses of matters such as law and policy reform or need in various countries; in particular, quarantine law, visa bans, clinical trials, human rights issues such as job and housing discrimination, media reporting, health systems inadequacies, human resource issues. Also including macro issues like brain drain, inadequate contributions at the international level,  the importance of health literacy and effective public health interventions.

 

The first article in this series addresses the need to reform public health legislation in Nigeria. Written during the Ebola crisis in Nigeria, it remains relevant now that Nigeria has been declared free from Ebola. Lagos State has declared its intention to amend its public health law. This is a laudable step, and should be adopted nationally. As states in the United States battle with establishing appropriate and balanced quarantine legislation, it is clear that law and legislative reform are key components of the fight to eradicate Ebola.

 

We welcome relevant contributions. Please email us at info@cheld.org. Also comment on the articles. If you have personal experiences, please share with us. Facebook comments and tweets should be hash-tagged #EbolaPolicyAndAdvocacySeries or #EPAS, so we can keep track of all the conversation about this. Thank you.

 

Dr Cheluchi Onyemelukwe

www.cheld.org

www.helconsulting.com

http://dailytimes.com.ng/author/cheluchi-onyemelukwe-onuobia

 

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  • Centre For Health Ethics Law and Development seems to produce and talk about the EPAS Series in this section, including the reasons of Ebola, the percentage of Ebola sufferers in Africa and worldwide, talking about the symtoms, consequences and avoidance materials.

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