The practical challenges of fighting Ebola on the ground

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exits the ELWA 3 Ebola treatment unit in Liberia. Responders to the epidemic in West Africa face many challenges on the ground. Photo by: CDC Global / CC BY

What is now known as the world’s largest Ebola outbreak in history just got worse.

According to the latest statistics released Oct. 25 by the World Health Organization, the number of Ebola cases has now crossed the 10,000 mark, with nearly 5,000 recorded deaths.

As countries and organizations scramble to find ways to control the Ebola crisis, the international community continues to face mounting criticism about the slowness of its assistance to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone — the three countries most badly hit by the deadly virus.

But beyond the obvious gaps in funding, health personnel and equipment — the international response is still a far cry from what it should be — little attention has been paid to the logistical challenges and practical difficulties that continue to hinder global efforts to curtail the West African epidemic.

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    Manola De Vos

    Manola De Vos is a development analyst for Devex. Based in Manila, she contributes to the Development Insider and Money Matters newsletters. Prior to joining Devex, Manola worked in conflict analysis and political affairs for the United Nations, International Crisis Group and the European Union.