Global Health Strategies: Ebola and the Untapped Potential of Religious Networks

Author: Katherine Marshall

October 8, 2014

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa highlights the special difficulties involved in responding to infectious diseases in fragile state settings with weak healthcare systems. Governments and international organizations are mobilizing rapidly to support public and private emergency systems in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone (as well as preparedness in neighboring states), but the needs and speed of the epidemic currently overwhelm available capacities (local and international). Challenges are exacerbated by the epidemic’s fast pace and changing dynamics. This issue brief points to networks of religious and faith‐inspired actors that can be viewed as a resource for urgent responses and recovery plans. 

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