Leadership in Times of Crisis: The Example of Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia

by Tolbert Nyenswah, Cyrus Y. Engineer & David H. Peters
Health Systems & Reform, Vol. 2, 2016, Issue 3: Effective Leadership for Health Systems

14 pp. 516 kB

The Ebola epidemic of 2014–2015 was one of the most significant public health threats of the 21st century, a crisis that challenged leadership in West Africa and around the world. Using the experience of Liberia’s epidemic control efforts, the authors highlight the critical role that leadership played during four phases of the epidemic response: (1) crisis recognition and early mobilization; (2) the emergency phase; (3) the declining epidemic; and (4) the long tail.

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