Chatham House Panel Looks Back at Ebola
‘Ebola: The Epidemic of Fear’ is the title of a panel discussion at Chatham House, London scheduled for March 24th, 2017. Chatham House, otherwise The Royal Institute of International Affairs, runs so many programs and events but this would appear to resonate or pack more punch for and in Africa. Along with Médecins Sans Frontières, the global medical humanitarian organisation, Chatham House is providing an event which enables the panelists to look back at international reactions to the epidemic which shook the West African sub-region in particular in 2014. Panellists will make sense of what public alarm might have done to medical professionalism in constituting a global health security from what some saw as a humanitarian crisis. Panelists would equally be cracking on what lessons might be drawn from the flight bans, quarantines and related practices that governed response to Ebola as well as developing anticipatory practices that could better position governments and sundry global health governance actors.
The panellists come from the National Ebola Response Centre in Sierra Leone; Médecins Sans Frontières as well as the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Ideas as well as field based international non-governmental organisations such as Chatham House and Médecins Sans Frontières respectively have been in the forefront of global health security. The constitutive force of ideas as well as the deadly image of Ebola would seem to draw unusual attention to this event, with particular reference to cutting edge ideas about managing outbreak of similar or even same epidemics.