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Ebola Recovery: The Long View


[Written February 2015] While the Ebola crisis has quietly exited mainstream media and public interest (Figure 1), over 15,000, Ebola survivors [1], [2] struggle to regain a semblance of normalcy in a complex environment of pre-existing poverty and post-conflict dynamics. Each country heavily impacted by Ebola, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea has its own unique historical context which has influenced their ability respond to the Ebola crisis and plays an important role each country’s resiliency and recovery [3]. FIGURE 1 We are at a turning point in the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. With a steady downward trend of new cases (Figure 2) [4], and a current caseload of ~710 across all three countries (77% in Sierra Leone alone) , the situation is improving. The downward trend should not be interpreted to suggest that Ebola isn’t as deadly as it was before (it is), as the case fatality rate has not changed at all, remaining at an average of 60% across the three most impacted countries [5]. These data suggest it’s a time to not just

September 9, 2015

Superstorm Sandy: A Long Path to Recovery


Superstorm Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012, causing 117 deaths and inflicting billions of dollars of economic damages in the United States. Two years later the economic, environmental, health and social impacts are still felt among many of the affected residents. Over 300,000 homes in New York and 350,000 in New Jersey and were damaged or destroyed by Sandy, with a substantial number of the affected homes  being uninsured or belonging to low income households [1].  Two years later, it is

October 29, 2014