September 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM
An urgent plea for more help to slow the epidemic of Ebola in West Africa. We look at the exploding challenge.
Health workers, attend to patients that contracted the Ebola virus, at a clinic in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (AP/Abbas Dulleh)
The Ebola crisis in West Africa is hurtling now from bad to nightmare, with the world just beginning to wake up and respond. A terribly lethal disease that is easily contained in small numbers, but hellishly hard in big numbers is now headed into big numbers. Maybe 20,000 infections. Maybe far more. The US military is headed in to help. UN troops and supplies may follow. Africa’s economy is clutching up with fear. Health officials say we’re losing the containment battle. A “global security disaster,” says one. This hour, On Point: Ebola ratchets up.
– Tom Ashbrook
Brice de le Vingne, Director of Operations at Doctors Without Borders, where he is overseeing the Ebola response.
Lawrence Gostin, professor of global health law and director of the Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law School. Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Public Health Law and Human Rights. (@lgostin)