Politics and pathology of the Ebola epidemic

There has been a tsunami of sneering over the Band Aid record to raise money for the fight against Ebola in West Africa. The fundraising effort, it is said, is "aid pornography" filled with unremitting negative stereotypes. Everyone has forgotten that the real story is Ebola." Not quite everyone. Kevin Watkins is perhaps the UK's most authoritative analyst of global aid policy. Now director of the Overseas Development Institute, he is a former head of research at Oxfam and the United Nations Development Programme. "There still isn't a recognition of how serious the threat is," he said. "There are small bits of good news – the rate of increase has started to slow in Liberia and Guinea. But the situation in Sierra Leone, where Ebola has got a grip in two urban centres, is really scary. Last week there was again an increase in new cases. This could still skyrocket."...
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