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Date 20 January 2015
Time 17:00 - 18:30

The spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa is one of the most severe cross-border epidemics in recent history. Nearly 5,000 people died due to the virus since the outbreak to this date, November 2014. This epidemic raises important questions about the role and capacity of the international community to prevent such outbreaks or get them under control. Several international organisations are involved in the fight against the virus, including the first United Nations ‘emergency health mission’ (UNMEER). The Global Ebola Response Coalition (GERC) was established to coordinate. But the president of the World Bank noted recently that the international community “failed miserably” in formulating an adequate answer. Especially the World Health Organization has been criticised for underestimating the severity of the epidemic and the slow response.

In this SHARES debate it will be discussed whether the international community indeed has failed, and whether future improvements are desirable and possible. The debate will particularly focus on the question who bears responsibility for preventing and addressing a health crisis of this nature.

More information can be found on the SHARES website. 

Please note that this SHARES Debate will take place in Dutch. Registration is mandatory through SPUI25.