South Africa And Its Effects On The West African Countries

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The WHO hopes that the disease will subside in the remaining West African countries. There has been significant progress in Liberia and some progress in Guinea. The WHO is concerned, despite this progress, because they fear the international community will stop sending their support. Dr. Bruce Aylward, the WHO assistant director-general, told reporters that the virus can be stopped, but it will take more work and support in order to do so (Cumming-Bruce). This is one example of the WHO communicating to the media, but more outreach to the public is needed. Cause of Problem and Facts The decrease in number of new cases of Ebola caused the WHO to become concerned that the international community would stop sending their support to West Africa. Margaret Chan, the WHO director-general, states that “complacency will be our enemy, and we need to continue to do more to get to zero” (Schnirring). The three main countries affected still need support to fully recover from the outbreak, and Mali, one of the newest affected countries, is still in need of support as their numbers of new cases are still rising every day (Schnirring). Significance to the Organization The organization is experiencing negative press as many believe that they did not respond fast enough to the situation since it did not declare Ebola a public health emergency until August, five months after the initial outbreak. If the WHO does not get the support they need in order to stop the epidemic, they will suffer
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