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Ebola Lessons Learned

European Commission (EC)
Field of Expertise:
Health Service Delivery; Communicable diseases (CD); Infectious diseases / epidemic / outbreak / vaccination
Narrative description of project:
This assignment is part of the Health Advisory Services – HAS project (EUR 1.999.715,00, 10/2014-10/2017, managed by hera consortium). Its identification number within the HAS is HAS 034.
The HAS provides technical support to the European Commission (DEVCO/HQ) and the EU Delegations for a period of three years. DG DEVCO contracted the HAS to support the implementation of its health aid policies and programmes; strengthen the capacity of EU Delegations and DEVCO/HQ; and tackle other issues for which in-house thematic capacity is lacking or insufficient.
The HAS was requested to help clarifying the concept of ‘resilience’, with a specific focus on building resilient health systems. During the latest Ebola epidemic, much has been written about ‘resilience’, and how health- and other sectors could be made more resilient to better respond to emerging disasters, such as Ebola. A critical literature review on what ‘resilience’ means, and how a clear understanding of it may enhance and strengthen health policy development (global, EU, national governments), was supposed to help DEVCO/B4/health unit to effectively contribute to an updated EU policy on global health.