Anthropologists Release Better Practices to Contain Ebola
Washington, DC - Anthropologists have identified concrete recommendations that would foster greater effectiveness in containing and stopping Ebola, improve international support, and pave the way for long-term stability in healthcare systems in West Africa.
The report, “Strengthening West African Health Care Systems to Stop Ebola: Anthropologists Offer Insights,” will be made public during a press conference held by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), Fri., Dec. 5, 11 a.m., at the AAA Press Center, Park Tower Suite 8218, Marriott Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The press conference is part of the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), held Dec. 3-7, which will feature more than 5,000 sessions and special events with the theme, "Producing Anthropology." Anthropologists will offer a provocation to examine the truths we encounter, produce and ultimately the communities in which we live.
The report is the work of the Ebola Anthropology Emergency Response Network and features the expertise of more than 30 of the world’s leading anthropologists focused on public health, medical anthropology, containment of epidemic diseases and other key disciplines. These anthropologists have lived in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, researching and documenting societal and family structures, the region’s distinct subcultures, mobility patterns tied to agriculture, the impact of decades of war and poverty and the history with former colonial powers that make many West Africans leery of trusting international help – even in a crisis. Continue>
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