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

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

    Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.