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Workshop on ‘lessons from Ebola epidemic’ commences today in Freetown

August 24, 2016

A two-day workshop that will take an in-depth examination of the last Ebola outbreak in the sub-region will commence today at the Bintumani Hotel in Freetown,  themed “The Security Sector and Global Health Crises: Lessons from the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa.”

The workshop will bring together health and security personnel and institutions that were directly involved in the response to end the Ebola crisis to brainstorm on lessons learned and do stocktaking for any future outbreaks.

The event is a follow-up to series of roundtable meetings and workshops in Switzerland and Belgium involving health and security experts, researchers and policy makers on the Ebola virus outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is organising the workshop in collaboration with the Geneva Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, also Geneva based, and JS and Associates.

Health and Sanitation Minister Dr. Abubakarr Fofanah has been slated to deliver the keynote statement at the formal opening of the workshop, which is also expected to have local health experts and state security officials in attendance.

A public event on the past Ebola crisis will take place on Friday, 26 August at the Mano River Union (MRU) Secretariat in Freetown, which will also include the formal presentation of a book by a Sierra Leonean Scholar on Ebola.

Delegates for the workshop have been drawn from the MRU, ECOWAS, AU member states and Switzerland.

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