The leaders of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have played a crucial role in fighting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. State of Emergency: How Government Fought Ebola, looks at the challenges faced by the people at the heart of the response in these three countries, and how they have overcome them.
Drawing lessons in crisis management for political leaders, governments, and international partners, the report suggests that up to 98% of people working on the response to the virus in West Africa were local citizens who provided medical care, drove ambulances, buried bodies and traced potential victims of the disease.
It takes a look inside the ‘Situation room’ at the heart of the National Ebola Response Centre in Sierra Leone, asks how a new law made all the difference in Guinea and describes the detective work needed to get to zero in Liberia.
Writing in the report, Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf calls for ‘government to steer the course while all of us take our turns to row’ adding that:
We have seen it is critical for the people of the affected countries to have a stake in securing their own futures. And, perhaps above all, we have seen why governments are uniquely placed to lead the response efforts in their own countries.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President of Liberia
The work described here was carried out by the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative, it is now being continued by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.