Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781786991683 Will Publish November 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786991690 Will Publish November 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Understanding West Africa’s Ebola Epidemic

Towards a Political Economy

Edited by Ibrahim Abdullah and Ismail Rashid

Understanding West Africa’s Ebola Epidemic

Edited by Ibrahim Abdullah and Ismail Rashid

Distributed for Zed Books

288 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781786991683 Will Publish November 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786991690 Will Publish November 2017 For sale in North and South America only
From 2013 to 2015, over eleven thousand people across West Africa lost their lives to the deadliest outbreak of the Ebola virus in history. Crucially, this epidemic marked the first time the virus was able to spread beyond rural areas to major cities, infecting tens of thousands and overturning conventional assumptions about its epidemiology. With backgrounds ranging from development to disease control, the contributors to this volume, many of whom are based in countries affected by the Ebola epidemic, consider the underlying factors that shaped this unprecedented outbreak.
 
While championing the heroic efforts of local communities and international aid workers in halting the spread of the disease, the contributors also point to deep structural problems in both the countries affected and the humanitarian agencies involved that exacerbated the epidemic and hampered the effort to contain it. Alarmingly, they show that little has been learned from these events, with health provision in these countries remaining chronically underfunded and poorly equipped to deal with future outbreaks. Such issues, they argue, reflect the wider challenges we face in tackling epidemic disease in an increasingly interconnected world.
 
Review Quotes
Jacques Depelchin, Executive Director, Ota Benga International Alliance for Peace
“Rarely has a book recounted such a preventable catastrophe, and from so many perspectives. In the process, it breaks down the boundaries of current thinking, and speaks truth to power.”
Adia Benton, Northwestern University
“This comprehensive volume offers valuable analyses of the structural roots and social impacts of the West African Ebola outbreak. An excellent resource for anyone interested in learning about the history and political economy of this devastating epidemic.”
Robtel Neajai Pailey, author and activist
“This book successfully turns the neoliberal project on its head, forcing us to demand a different kind of development in contexts (such as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) where exclusion, exploitation, and extraction reign supreme.”
Yusuf Bangura, Senior Research Associate, UNRISD
“A bold, critical, and wide-ranging anthology on the Ebola crisis. It will excite everyone interested in understanding why the Ebola viral disease overwhelmed the Mano River Union states.”
Paul Farmer, Harvard Medical School
“This eye-opening volume restores the social history of an epidemic that can't be understood without first acknowledging the economic policies that have impoverished this region. This book should (and I hope will) be read by anyone interested in global health. And that should include all of us.”
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