Focus: Infection Control

An emergency declaration over Ebola could make things worse

May 22, 2019

Some experts are labeling this outbreak a global health crisis would not help to halt spread of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but could make the situation worse, according to an article on the STAT website.

The chairman of an emergency committee convened in April, Dr. Robert Steffen, said that the World Health Organization is having trouble raising money to finance the outbreak response, and declaring a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) might lead to more funding.

But some are saying that it's not appropriate to declare a PHEIC just to generate funds.

More funds and more responders might actually increase the danger, said Dr. Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust. Already some of the violence has been motivated by money, with some people complaining that the WHO is actually profiting from the outbreak.

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