Corruption and the 2014 EVD Crisis in Sierra Leone: Ebola as “Total Disease”



The 2014 Ebola virus disease (EVD) crisis has underscored the frightful human consequences an unanticipated public health emergency can bring when corruption is left to fester unchecked in a country lacking even the most basic health care infrastructure, despite earlier efforts to rebuild and expand services following the end of the rebel war.2 Sierra Leone consistently ranks high on global corruption indexes. Transparency International locates it at 119 out of a list of 177 countries.3 The outbreak of a public health emergency within such a context of systemic corruption has made for an especially chaotic situation, underscoring the vital connections between reducing corruption and attaining human security.


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