The Politics of Infectious Disease - editors' introduction
In this issue, both the special section on the politics of infectious disease, and the other contributions, highlight and return to concerns that have long plagued humanitarianism. For example, all...
Vaccination: A Matter of Trust, with Caveats
Duncan McLean, Françoise Duroch16.01.2021
The palpable relief being felt by many over the accelerating approvals of apparently safe and efficient Covid-19 vaccines is hardly surprising. But away from triumphalist headlines, partially satiric ...
«Vivement le nouveau vaccin, qu’on puisse le refuser»
A l’aube des premières campagnes de vaccination contre la Covid-19, une formule a largement circulé sur les réseaux sociaux, en substance: «Vivement la sortie d’un nouveau vaccin, qu’on...
International aid in the Covid era: the need for transparency
Duncan McLean, Françoise Duroch11.06.2020
The scale and spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, combined with the large number of deaths it has caused, have created a toxic mix of rumour and innuendo – further complicating aid operations that...
L’épidémiologie, le chaînon manquant des curriculums scolaires
Coronavirus today, Ebola yesterday, the epidemiology of infectious diseases remains an unknown for the population and is not taught much in primary and secondary schools, notes Françoise Duroch of...
Plagues of Prejudice
In December 1899 Honolulu-based physicians attributed two deaths to bubonic plague, and a local paper duly announced that the ‘scourge of the Orient’ had arrived. Within months a first plague...
Challenges of Instituting Effective ‘Medevac’ Policies
The 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic in West Africa was an unprecedented medical and political emergency that cast an unflattering light on multiple corners of government and international response. Fear,...
Engaging with National Authorities: Médecins Sans Frontières’s experience in Guinea during the Ebola epidemic
With the expertise acquired over the past years on the Ebola virus disease, MSF was compelled to take on responsibilities beyond its usual first responder mandate during the Ebola crisis in West...
Treating, Containing, Mobilizing: The Role of Médecins Sans Frontières in the West African Ebola Epidemic Response
With 28,639 cases and 11,316 deaths, the 2014–2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa stunned the world, revealing the global health community’s collective shortcomings in the face of a...
Defective interfering genomes and Ebola virus persistence
Michael Jacobs and colleagues (The Lancet, 2016, Vol. 388, p. 498-503) provide clinical and virological evidence of a relapse of Ebola virus disease (EVD) presenting as acute meningo-encephalitis 9...
Experimental Treatment with Favipiravir for Ebola Virus Disease (the JIKI Trial): A Historically Controlled, Single-Arm Proof-of-Concept Trial in Guinea
Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a highly lethal condition for which no specific treatment has proven efficacy. In September 2014, while the Ebola outbreak was at its peak, the World Health Organization...
Reaching out to Ebola victims: Coercion, persuasion or an appeal for self-sacrifice?
Marc Poncin, Philippe Calain2015
The 2014–2015 Ebola crisis in West Africa has highlighted the practical limits of upholding human rights and common ethical principles when applying emergency public-health measures. The role...