NSC Lessons Learned Study on Ebola   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "The Ebola epidemic in West Africa--one of the swiftest outbreaks of infectious disease since the 1918 Spanish Flu--claimed the lives of 11,000 and sickened more than 28,000. Yet it could have been exponentially worse. Models suggested 1.4 million stood to be infected and that the disease could have become endemic in West Africa, turning swaths of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea into a perennial hotzone. In this scenario Ebola would undoubtedly have spread to many more countries around the world, further threatened the U.S. homeland, and potentially contracted the global economy. The U.S.-led international response prevented that from happening. [...] Methodologically, this study draws its findings from the work of 26 lessons learned teams and one official history from eight departments, agencies, and offices across the Federal government. [...] Collectively, these efforts have created a detailed portrait of the U.S. response, bringing into relief its significant successes and notable failings. This document highlights those among them that are most centrally related to capabilities within government that must be strengthened for the U.S. to successfully contain a future outbreak of greater magnitude. Its narrative of policy decisions and response actions is divided into three sections: the Early Response (March-July 2014); the Crisis Phase (August-December, 2014); and the Drive Towards Zero (January to June, 2015). It concludes with findings and recommendations, a list of reforms being contemplated by departments and agencies, a timeline of the response, and a list of the federal lessons learned efforts."

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