Expert commends the role of the African Union in the fight against Ebola

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Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu of the Nigeria Health Watch has commended the active role played by the African Union in combating the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. According to him, the organization has not received all the credit it should for their efforts in turning the tide against the outbreak. Below is an excerpt from his blog post:

…While I was in Liberia earlier this year supporting the Ebola response, I worked with epidemiologists, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and public health officers that are part of the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA). ASEOWA is the African Union’s contribution to on-going efforts to stop the transmission of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Under Operation ASEOWA, health professionals were mobilized from around the African continent and deployed to the affected countries to assist with outbreak control efforts. This is the first time ever that the AU is initiating and implementing a mission of this size in response to a health crisis on the continent. The mission has  contributed significantly both in supporting the public health as well as clinical response to the outbreak. It contributed epidemiologists, who became part of the outbreak response activities, and clinicians supporting the restoration of critical health services.

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