Roles of Religious Actors in the West African Ebola Response

Author: Katherine Marshall

July 21, 2017

More than 11,000 people died during the 2014–2015 Ebola epidemic. It devastated the communities concerned and set back progress in building health systems and socioeconomic development more broadly. Concentrated in three poor West African countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the tremors reverberated worldwide, spurring mobilization of vast human and financial resources. The epidemic highlighted contemporary challenges for public health, particularly in fragile states, with lessons extending far beyond health sectors. Religious actors played distinctive roles at various points and across different sectors. Published in the journal Development in Practice, in this article Katherine Marshall focuses on religious responses to the 2014 Ebola epidemic and implications for public health practitioners.

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