Epidemics such as polio and ebola are difficult to tackle without an appreciation of the local conditions and culture
The current outbreak of ebola in West Africa has been widely covered in the global media, as the latest example of a health epidemic that can quickly spread across and beyond countries. While drugs development is needed to counter the virus, Jennifer Cole argues that any successful long-term approach to fighting epidemics must be based on a deeper socio-cultural understanding of the dynamics that underpin fragile healthcare systems.
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