The Ebola epidemic last year in West Africa exposed large and fundamental healthcare inefficiencies on the African continent, which constrained the development of a suitable and timely response to the outbreak. These deficits included: inadequate numbers of qualified health workers, poor healthcare and social services infrastructure, deficient logistics, slow surveillance and health information systems, weak or absent healthcare governance and drug supply systems. In sum, national governments and the international community responses were slow and subpar. In partnership with the African Union Mission to the United States, CFA will convene global health experts, African and U.S. government officials, and private sector and civil society stakeholders to share lessons learned from the Ebola epidemic and explore strategies that invest in health systems around the continent. In addition to the focus on Ebola, the panel will address the need for coordination and focus on HIV/AIDS and the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases on the continent. The primary goal of the roundtable is to provide recommendations to the next administration on how the United States can build upon the innovative health solutions and advances its global health efforts have yielded, while also saving millions of lives on the continent.
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