By ZIRRA BANU
WASHINGTON — On Nov. 6, the SAIS Africa Association hosted a panel entitled “Searching for Solutions to the Ebola Epidemic.” The discussion focused on the impact of the Ebola outbreak on development in Africa. Panelists included Pia Wanek, director of Humanitarian Assistance at Global Communities; Dougbeh Chris Nyan, head of the Diaspora Liberian Emergency Response Task Force on the Ebola Crisis; and Joshua Michaud, associate director for the Global Health Policy team at the Kaiser Family Foundation. The event’s goal was to consider possible solutions to mitigate the long-term effects of the epidemic.
The Ebola outbreak was first reported in March 2014 and has quickly become one of the deadliest cases since its first outbreak in 1976. Up to 4,960 confirmed and suspected deaths have been reported according to the World Health Organization. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been most affected by the outbreak. The WHO officially confirmed Nigeria and Senegal Ebola free in October.