Our Guiding Principles
- Ebola is not just an issue of health. We must consider the context of poverty, weak health systems, lacking infrastructure and poor national leadership to understand the spread of Ebola. Underlying the current epidemic is a history and political economy that made it’s impact possible.
- Crisis response must extend beyond the short term. Long-term efforts to strengthen health systems and support the recovery of communities are critical. This means addressing trauma, caring for children left without families, helping individuals recover their livelihoods, and training and supporting health workers.
- Health workers have placed their lives at risk, with little pay and support. We must care for and build the capacity of our health workers.
- Local, grassroots organizations and associations play a pivotal role in providing essential services and support to affected communities. We need to support them.
- Ebola is a serious illness, but it is not a death sentence. We must discuss the outbreak and engage in this work with hope, sensitivity, respect, and dignity.
- Africans have a critical role to play in emergency response. We must harness our resources, voices, and skills to support our brothers and sisters in affected countries.
- The responses to the Ebola outbreak have been reduced to fear-based conversations about Ebola, Ebola-affected countries, and Africa. In our response, we seek deepened conversations that tackle entrenched stereotypes and stigmatization of Africa and offer more nuanced and diverse context and narrative.