Journal article

Political drivers of epidemic response: foreign healthcare workers and the 2014 Ebola outbreak

Daniel Nohrstedt, Erik Baekkeskov

Disasters: the journal of disaster studies, policy and management | WILEY | Published : 2018


This study demonstrates that countries responded quite differently to calls for healthcare workers (HCWs) during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014. Using a new dataset on the scale and timing of national pledges and the deployment of HCWs to states experiencing outbreaks of the virus disease (principally, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone), it shows that few foreign nations deployed HCWs early, some made pledges but then fulfilled them slowly, and most sent no HCWs at all. To aid understanding of such national responses, the paper reviews five theoretical perspectives that offer potentially competing or complementary explanations of foreign government medical assistance for internati..

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