In late December, 2013, in a remote village in southern Guinea, a boy contracted a mysterious virus identified months later as Ebola. As it spread through family and community members to other regions, outbreaks developed throughout Guinea as well as in neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone, resulting in over 28,000 cases and over 11,000 deaths to date1. The epidemic highlighted many challenges on a global scale, from delayed response to inadequate local health systems. In the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, many reports have come out as to what lessons the international
community can learn from the delayed, and originally inadequate, global response to the outbreak. Many are focusing on care coming too little and too late, the WHO’s apparent lack of leadership, the importance of strengthening existing health systems, increasing
surveillance protocols, and speeding up the international response to emerging pathogens.