Professor Peter Piot assesses the wider implications of the 2014 outbreak, and the requisite regional and global response.
Professor Peter Piot, Director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
The Ebola outbreak is concentrated in countries with limited state capacity that had been making promising but fragile recoveries from political instability and conflict. Beyond the immediate health concerns, there will be longer term socio-economic and political consequences of the outbreak, which may present risks to national and regional development and stability. As the global response moves beyond medical assistance, addressing these deeper impacts must be part of a long term solution.