West Africa Does Not Need Your Donations to Fight Ebola

November 13, 2014 9:18 PM

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A few days ago, Google announced that it will donate $2 for every $1 people donate to nonprofits such as Médecins Sans Frontières and Save the Children in the fight against Ebola. As well-intentioned as this campaign might be, short-lived charity donations are not what is necessary to successfully eradicate the Ebola virus.

Growing up in a middle-class family in Enugu, Nigeria, the expectation was that I would become a doctor. As little as six-years-old, at family gatherings, weddings and other celebrations, the adults would interrogate the children: "What do you want to do when you grow up?" We quickly learned that th...

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