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West Africa’s Ebola Pandemic: Toward Effective Multilateral Responses to Health Crises

West Africa’s Ebola Pandemic: Toward Effective Multilateral Responses to Health Crises Global Governance 23 (2017), 225–244 West Africa’s Ebola Pandemic: Toward Effective Multilateral Responses to Health Crises Obinna Franklin Ifediora and Kwesi Aning The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa in 2014 became the re- gion’s most dangerous pandemic in history. Initially misdiagnosed by health authorities in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, the epicenters of the crises, the wider health infrastructure of the international community similarly failed to grasp the enormity of the challenge posed by this pandemic to West Africa and its potential global ramifications. By the time recognition dawned about the immensity of the challenges that were posed by this pandemic, it took the introduction of extraordinary measures through the characteriza- tion of the disease as a threat to international peace and security pursuant to Chapter VII of the UN Charter to get the necessary institutional and bureau- cratic machineries to intervene. This article argues that EVD, disastrous in its outcome, exposed the weaknesses and failures of existing institutional frameworks at national, regional, and continental to global levels. Focusing primarily on multilateral responses (the UN, the African Union [AU], and the Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS]) to the epidemic, this article argues for enhanced http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

West Africa’s Ebola Pandemic: Toward Effective Multilateral Responses to Health Crises

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1075-2846
eISSN
1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-02302006
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Abstract

Global Governance 23 (2017), 225–244 West Africa’s Ebola Pandemic: Toward Effective Multilateral Responses to Health Crises Obinna Franklin Ifediora and Kwesi Aning The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa in 2014 became the re- gion’s most dangerous pandemic in history. Initially misdiagnosed by health authorities in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, the epicenters of the crises, the wider health infrastructure of the international community similarly failed to grasp the enormity of the challenge posed by this pandemic to West Africa and its potential global ramifications. By the time recognition dawned about the immensity of the challenges that were posed by this pandemic, it took the introduction of extraordinary measures through the characteriza- tion of the disease as a threat to international peace and security pursuant to Chapter VII of the UN Charter to get the necessary institutional and bureau- cratic machineries to intervene. This article argues that EVD, disastrous in its outcome, exposed the weaknesses and failures of existing institutional frameworks at national, regional, and continental to global levels. Focusing primarily on multilateral responses (the UN, the African Union [AU], and the Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS]) to the epidemic, this article argues for enhanced

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 19, 2017

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