Jobs creation, a pre-requisite to end outbreaks and epidemics

6/15/2016
Wathi

There is a certain level of acceptance that health policy decisions need to be based on sound evidence. Ebola and other epidemics demonstrated that to have an impact, we truly need data to make the most with every dollar spent.

If we were to rebuild the health system of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, we ought to start with ensuring that we fix each of their national statistical offices with development finance to allow better targeted public private partnerships. Once we know how to count those who need assistance, we may accept that most of our resources should go elsewhere. But without data, we cannot determine strategically how to allocate the funds we have.

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