International Cooperation and Assistance in the Context of the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa has now hit four countries: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, along with several suspected cases in Senegal. This outbreak demands a concerted, coordinated, and urgent response to save lives and prevent the spread of infection within the currently affected countries and beyond. All those who respond must conduct their activities with the utmost respect for the human rights of individuals and communities, while adhering to best public health practices.

The failure of the international community to respond with the urgency that this health crisis demands means that medical workers and others who work with Ebola patients are at greater risk of infection themselves.

This statement provides in-depth analysis on the obligations of the international community and the immediate and long-term actions it must take in light of the Ebola outbreak.

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