2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak
Paul Farmer Discusses the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

Paul Farmer is a physician and co-founder of Partners in Health (PIH), an international social justice and health organization. Farmer is best known for his work in providing healthcare to rural and under-resourced areas in the developing world. In this video, Farmer has recently returned from a trip to Sierra Leone and sits down to answer questions about the Ebola outbreak taking place there. When asked what we should understand about this outbreak, Farmer says: “I think the most important thing to understand is that this is a reflection of long-standing and growing inequalities of access to basic systems of healthcare delivery, and that includes the staff, the stuff and again these systems…. If you go down to each of these epidemics, that are of course one epidemic, and you ask the question ‘Well do they have the staff, stuff and systems that they need to respond?’ and the answer is no.” He also speaks of the importance of supportive care, pointing to Emory University as an example of how supportive care is a vital tool to successfully combating the disease.

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