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The Politics of FearMédecins sans Frontières and the West African Ebola Epidemic$
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Michiel Hofman and Sokhieng Au

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190624477

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190624477.001.0001

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Dying of the Mundane in the Time of Ebola

Dying of the Mundane in the Time of Ebola

The Effect of the Epidemic on Health and Disease in West Africa

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The Politics of Fear

Mit Philips

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the impact of the Ebola epidemic on the general health of people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. It provides an overview of the epidemic’s ramifications on the healthcare of West Africans physically untouched by the virus and reviews some of the statistics available on morbidity and mortality in the region. The author analyzes the dynamics underlying these impacts on population health and discusses how the epidemic weakened the health system and health services generally and also eroded interpersonal relations between healthcare workers and patients. The chapter interrogates the ongoing narrative constructed in the aid community on this (nearly) post-Ebola moment. The author calls into question how and if ideas of “resilience” can be effectively incorporated in (re)building devastated health services.

Keywords:   Ebola, epidemic, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, health system, health services, resilience

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