UNIT VIII Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Public Health Planning Paper

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Unit VIII Research Paper


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In Unit IV, you were tasked with selecting a topic for the subject of this research paper. For this unit, you should complete the research paper by addressing the four main points as outlined in Unit IV.

Focus points of the research paper:

  • public health planning for the emergency,
  • EMS response for the emergency (identify any legal, political, and regulatory responsibilities for EMS during the response),
  • community response to the emergency, and
  • community recovery from the emergency.

Your research paper should include the following components:

  • title page,
  • four points of research in written paper form, including an introduction and conclusion (four page minimum), and
  • reference page (one page).

Although required, the title and reference page do not count toward your final page total. You must create a minimum of four new pages of content. Your research paper must have at least five relevant and credible sources. Your textbook is NOT required for this assignment, although you may choose to use it when discussing concepts that apply to your topic. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted materials must have accompanying citations in accordance with APA standards.


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Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
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Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
In December 2013, the world witnessed the outbreak of the Ebola virus, which started in
West Africa, mainly Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. The outbreak lasted until 2016, and its
severity exceeded the earlier cases of Ebola outbreak. The reported cases associated with the
virus were 28646, while 113223 people lost their lives (Coltart, Lindsey, Ghinai, Johnson, &
Heymann, 2017). Apart from the severity, the geographical distribution of the disease was also
unique. In August 2014, there was a declaration of the disease as a Public Health Emergency of
International Concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization (WHO). Later in December
2015, January 2016 and March 2016, the WHO declared that the transmission of Ebola had
ended in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone respectively. The severity of the outbreak exposed the
need to improve health surveillance systems in developing countries with the aim of not only
enhancing the health of the local people but also promoting health security globally. Therefore,
in this research, there is a need to assess the preparedness of public health planning in West
Arica to handle the outbreak, the challenges faced when responding to the epidemic, the
availability of information to EMS agencies and the community response to the virus disease.
Public Health Planning for the Emergency
Most public health facilities were prepared to handle the outbreak of the Ebola virus
considering that the disease had been reported in 2000/2001 in countries like Uganda. However,
their level of preparedness could not handle an ...

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