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Brad Wagenaar Analyzes Impacts of Ebola Disease Virus Outbreak on Primary Healthcare Delivery in Liberia

Posted: 2/26/2018 (CSDE Research)

Affiliate Brad Wagenaar–Acting Assistant Professor of Global Health–co-authored a recent study that analyzes primary health indicators prior to, during, and in the wake of the 2014-2015 Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Liberia, in order to estimate its short and long-term impacts on healthcare delivery. Published in PLOS Medicine, the study examines ten primary healthcare indicators using health information system data from 2010 to 2016, and finds that while all of the selected indicators have returned to pre-EVD outbreak levels, the recovery period for most was over a year. Given the losses to primary health care services during and following the EVD outbreak, the authors point to the need for investments in public health care systems in nations affected by EVD. The full study, which was recently featured in VOA Newsis available below.

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