OPINION: There Are Far Higher Public Health Priorities For Africa Than Ebola

Thursday, September 11, 2014

In a world of limited healthcare resources, we need to make hard decisions that will deliver high-impact outcomes for the most people at the least cost. Giving the WHO an additional half-billion dollars to curb Ebola virus infections would be a poor choice.

The UN’s World Health Organization is opportunistic, exaggerating and impulsively jumping on every public health threat that makes the front page–and demanding ever more of someone else’s money. The most recent blip on WHO’s radar is the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, which has tallied about 4,000 known cases since last December. To address it, WHO wants $490 million–from governments, development banks, the private sector and in-kind contributions.

Source: Forbes (link opens in a new window)

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