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Ebola and Zika: what one can teach us about the other

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  • Ebola and Zika: what one can teach us about the other

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    Wendy Woods Senior Partner and Managing Director, Global Leader, Social Impact Practice at The Boston Consulting Group
    Just two years ago, Ebola ripped through West Africa, resulting in 11,000 deaths and orphaning more than 16,000 children. My colleagues and I at The Boston Consulting Group responded to a call from the UN to assist in getting the epidemic under control. Working closely with the World Health Organization, we supported the development of a 30-60-90 day plan to reverse the trajectory of the outbreak. Sadly, we knew the outbreak would get much worse before it got betteróbut the health care providers and affected communities ultimately prevailed.

    Now we are faced with Zika, a mosquito-borne infection that is being linked to microcephaly, a birth defect in which children have undersized heads and abnormal brain development. With Zika outbreaks in 69 countries, more than 32,000 confirmed cases in the US and US territories, and evidence that the virus is becoming endemic in many parts of the world, people are asking: how can we take the lessons from Ebola to change the trajectory of Zika?