Abraar Karan is an MD candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine, US.Business & Regulation Business Practice, Trends & Forecasts
The Ebola epidemic spurred a tremendous amount of R&D in search of vaccines and treatments – and yet it was a relatively low impact global emergency compared with malaria. How can we incentivize development in other important health areas?
The Ebola epidemic in Western Africa has finally come to a conclusive end, with no further suspected cases since the end of November 2015. According to the World Health Organization, the outbreak has been responsible for over 11,300 deaths, which – while a devastating number – is actually far fewer than the projected 1 million plus deaths that were predicted from various epidemiological models had the disease become airborne (1,2). Through the collaborative efforts of the people of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone; country governments; international aid organizations; healthcare providers; and public health experts, the epidemic was eventually controlled, with only a minority of cases spreading outside of West Africa.
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