The Ebola crisis has exposed deep cracks in many nations' health systems and a blind spot of international development agencies charged with global health monitoring. The appearance of the disease in Texas and New York is a reminder of the risks that epidemics pose in our tightly interlaced world, as well as the folly of our having underfunded these important agencies in recent years.
The major development agencies have long been supporting the national governments of the three Ebola-affected African countries -- building up their capacity to provide health care, and focusing on a range of specific, non-Ebola-related health risks and vulnerabilities. Yet the agencies have largely...
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