April 7th is World Heath Day and each year on this day we remember the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948 by the United Nations. This year on World Health Day, we look back at the role of the World Health Organization and its work to fight one of the worst outbreaks of Ebola in West Africa.
The Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Doug Frantz, spoke with WHO Director General Margaret Chan about the current status of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, lessons learned from the international response to contain the outbreak and the organization’s reform agenda.
This interview with Dr. Margaret Chan is the tenth episode in the U.S. Department of State’s online podcast series titled ‘Fighting Ebola’. The podcast brings our listeners the most up-to-date information on the Ebola outbreak and response efforts. While Ebola may no longer be in the headlines, the response effort continues until we reach and maintain zero infection cases.
The 2014/2015 Ebola outbreak has killed over 10,000 people. When faced with an epidemic of this magnitude we reflect on the importance of global health security and the systems required to build a more resilient and effective monitoring and response system.
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