How the world let the Ebola crisis happen: Governments ‘cost lives’ by refusing to commit troops and WHO response accused of incompetence

A woman crawls towards the body of her sister as it is removed by Ebola burial team members in Liberia

Governments’ refusal to send troops and the World Health Organisation’s bungling response to Ebola has cost lives, aid charities say.

A catalogue of errors has led to the outbreak teetering on the brink of becoming the ‘definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation’, Oxfam said as it made a rare appeal for troops to be sent to west Africa.

The charity accused world powers that did not send soldiers of ‘costing lives’, warning that there was a two-month window to curb the spread of the virus…

Summary

West Africa’s ‘brain drain’: Most of the brightest medical students moved to wealthier nations, leaving the virus-hit nations ill-equipped.

Slow to act: WHO and Western countries have been accused of reacting slowly to the crisis, with aid still only trickling through.

Incompetent workers: Dr Peter Piot, who discovered Ebola, says WHO’s regional office in Africa did not act when the virus began to spread.

Lack of information: An internal report from WHO suggests people in the worst-affected nations were not made aware of how to deal Ebola.

Bureaucracy: The same leaked document says ‘politically motivated appointments’ held up the UN agency’s response.

Not enough money: World powers, including Italy, have been accused of not donating enough aid to countries tackling Ebola.

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