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The Next Ebola: Considering the Role of the Military in Future Epidemic Responses

31 March 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

The Royal Society, London



Chatham House seeks to explore issues around the development of a military medical response to an infectious disease outbreak which has major humanitarian consequences. Based on experience and research conducted on the UK’s involvement in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak, this roundtable will look specifically at British military capabilities and partnerships. 

The meeting will include the presentation of recent research into the role of the military in the Ebola outbreak by Chatham House and by the University of Sydney. It will seek to understand the nature of a UK civilian-military response in terms of its generic composition, political and operational control and how this might fit into the broader global response involving WHO, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and other such organizations. Crucially, the meeting will give space for critical reflection on the ethical, operational, and other challenges inherent to a civil-military response to a public health emergency.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.