The outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in 2014-2015 in West Africa had serious implications for human security and development, heightening concern about political stability in countries that had been severely affected by civil war. Initial attempts to contain the epidemic were delayed, disorganised and inadequate. The crisis highlighted the need to build preparedness and more effective response mechanisms to prevent and manage future health crises, avoid human suffering and maintain security and stability. Security sectors, along with international security providers, can play an invaluable role if properly prepared, mandated, and integrated into multiagency mitigation strategies.
Join us for the book launch of The Security Sector and Health Crises, which draws lessons from over 30 international experts on the Ebola crisis in West Africa to highlight opportunities for cooperation between the health and security sectors to successfully address global health crises.
- Thomas Guerber, Ambassador; Director of DCAF
- Albrecht Schnabel, Head of the Asia-Pacific Unit, DCAF
- Prosper Nii Nortey Addo, Senior Political Officer, African Union Liaison Office in Sudan
- Ilona Kickbusch, Founding Director, Global Health Centre
- Christian Haggenmiller, Lecturer, Bundeswehr Command and Staff College; Research Coordinator, Health Security Interface at German Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies
- Moderator: Anne Bennett, Head of the Sub-Saharan Africa Division, DCAF