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Ebola: How the World Escaped a Pandemic

19 January 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Chatham House, London


Professor Paul Richards, Professor Emeritus, Wageningen University; Author, Ebola: How a People’s Science Helped End an Epidemic
Dr Robtel Neajai Pailey, Senior Research Officer, International Migration Institute, University of Oxford
Chair: Professor David Heymann CBE, Head and Senior Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House




From December 2013, the largest Ebola outbreak in history swept across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, claiming thousands of lives. The international community predicted a pandemic affecting millions of people, yet when, months later, a sustained and coordinated response was put into place, the viral outbreak was in decline, reflecting the importance of local and regional efforts.

At this event, which launches Professor Paul Richard’s latest book, Ebola: How a People’s Science Helped End an Epidemic, the speakers examine local and international responses and analyse the importance of local expertise and knowledge in combating epidemics.