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Resilience in the Gaze of Ebola: Analysis from a Developing Country

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Title: Resilience in the Gaze of Ebola: Analysis from a Developing Country
Authors: Guah, Matthew Waritay
Keywords: Ebola Outbreak
Healthcare Infrastructure in Developing Countries
Lack of Healthcare Information System
Resilience Society
Issue Date: 04 Jan 2017
Abstract: Many studies have looked at resilience during natural disasters and national emergencies in a number of countries but hardly any have concentrated on developing countries and the implications of these nations’ sub-standard healthcare infrastructure, culture practices and relaxed control systems. This paper examines resilience during Liberia’s recent EBOLA epidemic and identifies lessons to be learned by others including executives of Non-Governmental Organizations frequently working on disaster relief projects in developing countries. The author builds on existing bodies of work and presents arguments on why governments in developing countries dealing with disaster management and disease emergencies should encourage communities to innovate autonomously as an important pathway to resilience. While the author does not provide specific recommendations, the paper proposes an approach that can connect the concerns of those implementing resilience initiatives and vulnerable populations by harnessing their potential for innovating autonomously
Pages/Duration: 11 page
ISBN: 978-0-9981331-0-2
DOI: 10.24251/HICSS.2017.304
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
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