Peer #1 Discussion:
That Ebola virus outbreak was wild. One of the first ways they went wrong was not by not taking it serious at the global level. Nine months into the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the WHO declared an international public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). The agency agency was widely criticized for not making the declaration sooner, especially after early warnings from international aid groups like Doctors Without Borders (Nasa, 2019). This makes it seem as if on a global level the people of this region weren’t a priority. Being nine behind, there’s now at least nine months of damage control. That virus had nine months to travel. Additionally, it seems they weren’t even too concerned about the virus traveling. So when the WHO declared a global health emergency declaration in Congo, the organization warned against unnecessary closures of borders and transport routes to protect an already fragile economy (Nasa, 2019). Such a declaration sounds extremely demeaning. So much could’ve been done.
Nasa, R. (2019, August 13). What the failures of the last ebola outbreak can teach us about the future. PBS. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/what-the-failures-ebola-outbreak-teach-future/.
I like the way you structured your discussion. Reading about the impact of Ebola and the preventative measures that could have been taken to avoid such a pandemic was interesting (especially given today’s climate). I was interested in learning about the impact to the economy and surrounding nations as well. In an article written for the Mercy Corps called “How does Ebola affect the Economy?” (2019), I found that tourism was heavily reduced. “When the Ebola epidemic hit West Africa, borders closed and airlines stopped. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, tourist arrivals went down by half from 2013 to 2014,” (How does Ebola, 2019). Countries in Africa located thousands of miles away from the pandemic were also hit with reduced rates of tourism.
How does Ebola affect the Economy? (2019, March 6). Mercy Corps. https://www.mercycorps.org/blog/ebola-outbreaks-africa-guide/chapter-4