OPEN Emerging infectious diseases | 21 Nov 2017
BJ Marston, EK Dokubo, A van Steelandt, L Martel, D Williams, S Hersey, A Jambai, S Keita, TG Nyenswah and JT Redd
Events such as the 2014-2015 West Africa epidemic of Ebola virus disease highlight the importance of the capacity to detect and respond to public health threats. We describe capacity-building efforts during and after the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea and public health progress that was made as a result of the Ebola response in 4 key areas: emergency response, laboratory capacity, surveillance, and workforce development. We further highlight ways in which capacity-building efforts such as those used in West Africa can be accelerated after a public health crisis to improve preparedness for future events.
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