We now know what happens when the international community fails to take note of an impending crisis.
To be entirely frank, we have always been aware of this fact. Time and time again, the common occurrence of yet another crisis being glared over by those that are capable of waning the extent of its reach has seemed to replicate itself year after year.
Today we know that nearly 8,500 people have been diagnosed with the fatal Ebola virus, and nearly 4,000 death, 4,024 to be precise, have been reported across West Africa.
The fact of the matter is that these events did not have to occur.
For months the international community has known of the threat posed by the Ebola Virus. The international community knew of the manner in which this virus could destroy the stability of social institutions and national health ministries in fragile West African states.
The international community knew . . .
And yet, these actors, states and institutions alike, stood still. I would like to note one of the arguments that I posed in one of Foresight’s August articles entitled “We Have a Problem . . .”;
“What is of the utmost concern for Foresight – right now, at this critical juncture that the African continent is facing at this moment – is the impact that the Ebola outbreak will have on developmental programs across the aforementioned West African region. . . [S]houldn't organizations [and states], at this critical moment stand firm and support [West African] nations as they push through this difficult period where both their public health systems, and their governing capabilities are stretched beyond measure? Frankly, I think so.”
I still believe this to be true. Since that article was published in August nearly 2,000 more people have died. The number of reported cases tripled, and questions regarding the end of this now pandemic have yet to be answered.
So, what will the world’s governments actually do? Not only while West Africa deals with the issues of a modern-day plague, but what will they due to ensure that once Ebola has been “vanquished” that these now extremely fragile societies will have the opportunity to heal, and ensure that their citizens are given the opportunity to thrive.
The statements given by various world leaders, and donations gifted by the wealthiest among us will surely create attention, but what effect will they have on the aftermath that follows.
We STILL have a problem.