EBOLA CRISIS:

SITUATION ANALYSIS

 

The Ebola crisis in West Africa has had massive and devastating effects on the entire region. The efforts of local governments and aid organizations to contain the outbreak have yet to be successful as the disease continues to spread. International agencies such as WHO, MSF, IMC, UNICEF, CDC and USAID are leading the medical efforts on the ground, focusing on providing assistance in the affected regions, as well as conducting health awareness campaigns aimed at preventing massive infection of the general population. Additionally, the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak has also caused widespread stress and trauma in the affected countries, where families of infected patients have been completely isolated by their communities, with some areas even resorting to violence. The crisis is compounded by the realities of the affected countries, which have recently emerged from long periods of conflict and instability, and have weak health system structures and social protection networks, and on top poor and infrastructural resources.