AbstractsBiology & Animal Science

Ebola in West Africa : The Unintended consequences of the response to the western African Ebola crisis 2014-2016

by Helga Kristinsdóttir Agnes

Institution: University of Bifröst
Year: 2016
Keywords: Smitsjúkdómar; Faraldsfræði; Ebóla; Alþjóðastofnanir; Afleiðsla; Ákvarðanataka
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2105461
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/1946/25125


Since 2014, an outbreak of Ebola virus disease has taken place in the western African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. With its high mortality rate and rapid incidence rate, the virus has crippled the communities of these countries and their governments. To amplify matters these governments are among the poorest in the world, tremendously vulnerable and with the weakest healthcare systems. This crisis has revealed the weakness of the global response to a health crisis in a developing country. The communication between the first international responders and the global health organizations and the actions taken at each point in time of the epidemic are the focus areas of this project. The central goal is tracing the course of decision making and actions of the main actors involved in responding to the Ebola epidemic of 2014-2016. This will be achieved through the method of process tracing: unveiling the causal mechanism between the actions taken by the actors and the unintended consequences that followed.