The 2013-2014 outbreak of Ebola in West Africa ravaged the countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, shocked the international community and claimed over 10,000 lives. As an aggressive and extremely lethal disease, Ebola spread quickly and demonstrated that there is no such thing as “just in time preparedness,” once again reminding the international community vulnerable regions remain highly susceptible to pandemics and other various public health crises.
The United States is not immune. We were reminded of this reality once cases of Ebola were detected domestically. In the aftermath of the West African outbreak and international spread, The Heritage Foundation established a task force to identify observations and findings and offer recommendations for how the U.S. can better respond to future crises. This report examines the U.S. response to Ebola in West Africa as well as domestically and offers recommendations aimed at improving the quality, speed and efficiency of future American-led responses to natural disasters, pandemics and acts of bioterrorism.
Join our panelists for a discussion on the report’s findings and specifically how to improve the United States’ ability to respond to future public health crises.
Click here to read the report.
More About the Speakers
Policy Analyst, Africa and the Middle East, The Heritage Foundation
Senior Fellow, Center for Cyber & Homeland Security, The George Washington University
John O’Shea, M.D.
Senior Fellow, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
J. Peter Pham
Director, Africa Center, Atlantic Council
Policy Analyst, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity