Response to the end of Uganda’s Ebola outbreak

With the Ebola outbreak in Uganda declared officially over, there are clear lessons for nations around the world.

Responding to the World Health Organisation announcement made earlier this month, Jonathan Cushing, Director of Transparency International Global Health, said:

“The successful, rapid response demonstrates Uganda’s capacity to handle disease outbreaks but also the importance of having effective and rapidly deployable measures for health emergency prevention, preparedness and response. To combat the prospect of potential corruption or wastage, details of any unspent Ebola funds allocated by global partners should be accounted for and the details published in an open-data format. Preparing for future pandemics requires billions of dollars in annual funding. Our recent report, Overcoming Governance Challenges in Global Health Financing, shows that more lives can be saved if finance is put aside ahead of the next major health emergency.”