This year, the EBV found yet another catalyser: the local culture. In the village of Womey in Guinea, for instance, the population has been suffering from social stigma for many years, as they are forest dwellers. So, when the Ebola outbreak occurred, it was seen by the people of Womey as a premeditated coup attempting to exterminate them. Logically, they did not cooperate with health authorities on disease control or prevention measures. The key to overcome Ebola, beyond the immediate rescue of international institutions, is to educate the people about the disease – telling them how it is transmitted, and how it can be prevented. In those parts of the world, such an education passes through the local people themselves, such as the community leaders, or in the churches, etc. Only this way can the population appropriate the problem for itself. In the West Africa outbreak, this point was not integrated, and it has been the most conducive aspect for the disease.


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