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NJOAGUANI, OLUWATOBI ELIZABETH and Folarin, S. F. (2019) THE EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE (EVD) AND THE NEW CHALLENGES FOR HEALTH GOVERNANCE IN AFRICA. In: 5th International Conference on Advances in Education and Social Sciences, 21-23 October 2019, Istanbul, Turkey.

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The outbreak of the 2014 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in some countries in West Africa indicated some gaps in health system governance in Africa. Over six years since the 2014 epidemic, there are still many lessons to be learnt in a bid to contain the virus in some recent outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Perhaps a restructuring of the health system is necessary. Gaps exist in health governance at the national and regional levels. There have been calls for a strengthening of the health systems in Africa by multi-sectoral partnerships to improve the six subsystems including health governance, service delivery, health workforce, health information, access to medicines and health financing. There is also a need to build regional capacities in improving early warning systems, case detection and prevention. This paper proposes a new structure for health system governance for Africa at both national and regional levels. It recommends on the kinds of diplomacy and collaboration that should be channeled in a bid to manage health emergencies in Africa. The proposition for the study is that more health governance at the regional level be sought and established. It highlights the benefits and the challenges of this new health order in Africa. An ex post facto research design is used to make inferences from the 2014 outbreak and prescribe a new governance structure for the health of Africa. This design involves a critical review of reports and other literature on the 2014 outbreak, which is undoubtedly the largest and deadliest of all EVD outbreaks.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), Africa, Regionalism, Regional Integration, Health Governance, Health policy
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2022 15:56
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2022 15:56

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