After Ebola, 'a new way of doing business' in Sierra Leone

By Michael Igoe 23 February 2016

OB Sisay and Emily Stanger Sfeile share lessons from Sierra Leone’s response to Ebola.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa changed Sierra Leone irremediably, and in many cases tragically.

But the experience of the crisis — as it forced the country’s government, partners, and systems to adapt to the contours of a pandemic emergency — has also left in its wake a “new way of doing business,” according to OB Sisay, head of the Ebola Response Center in Sierra Leone.

Sisay and Emily Stanger Sfeile, deputy Sierra Leone country head for the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative, described the state of data-driven knowledge at the beginning of the Ebola crisis and the legacy that “a war for the very existence of our country” leaves behind.

OB Sisay and Emily Stanger Sfeile describe efforts to transform Sierra Leone’s data capabilities.

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Michael Igoe@AlterIgoe

Michael Igoe is a senior correspondent for Devex. Based in Washington, D.C., he covers U.S. foreign aid and emerging trends in international development and humanitarian policy. Michael draws on his experience as both a journalist and international development practitioner in Central Asia to develop stories from an insider's perspective.

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