Ebola — an opportunity to improve primary health care

By Jacques Jimeno 17 November 2014

Tedros Adhanom: We need strong primary health care systems to prevent future Ebola and other major disease outbreaks

Building a strong primary health care leads to earlier detection and eventual containment of outbreaks like Ebola, according to Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“Ebola is raging now, but let’s still consider Ebola as an opportunity to build the primary health care of the affected countries and even beyond,” Tedros told Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar in October during the Devex Partnerships & Careers Forum in Addis Ababa.

Information on prevention and health promotion can better flow through a well-coordinated health care system, the former Ethiopian health minister said, citing plans to expand his country’s network of community health workers.

In the above clip, Tedros discusses what has “disappointed” him so far in the global response to Ebola, the importance of solidarity in overcoming the outbreak, and how the deadly virus has transformed to a crisis beyond health.

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Jacques Jimeno

Jacques is a copy editor at Devex’s news production team. Previously, he worked with the Philippine Department of Tourism and the World Wide Fund for Nature. He is currently taking his master’s degree in communication from the University of the Philippines Diliman.


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