Posted on 10 March 2016
Ben Walker, a Wellcome Trust doctoral student in the Centre for Global Health Histories, has been involved as a researcher and writer on a significant new report launched in Parliament this week.
Lessons from Ebola Affected Communities: Being Prepared for Future Health Crises was co-written by the Africa All-Party Parliamentary Group (Africa APPG) and Polygeia, was submitted to the House of Lords on Wednesday afternoon by Lord Chidgley. Full details of the launch event are available here.
Ben contributed a history of Ebola in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea, and combined this with information from community leaders to make recommendations for the future. These included that horizontal approaches to healthcare, such as primary healthcare, are vital in dealing with the challenges Ebola may pose, that long-term mistrust was a key issue in community engagement, and that community-level demand is the most effective driver of health improvement.
Ben is currently working on his PhD Project, Religion, Medical Aid and International Health: Colonial and Post-Colonial Development, and Smallpox Control and Eradication in Ghana, 1950-1980.