Contributed by the Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation (ICN), in partnership with Médecins sans Frontières (MSF)

Since the Ebola outbreak was confirmed in the West African country of Guinea in March 2014, Ebola has spread across the region and to other countries in Africa, Europe and North America. Over 20 000 cases have been diagnosed and almost 8 500 people have died.

Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) has been on the ground responding since the beginning of the outbreak, and has called on the international community to help in the fight against this still poorly understood disease. With specialized medical teams in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and Mali, MSF is the largest medical responder to the unprecedented Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Jonathan Jennings, Deputy Executive Director for the Canadian section of MSF, and Clémentine Olivier, Humanitarian Affairs Advisor for the Canadian section of MSF, joined us in a candid discussion reflecting on the situation in West Africa and MSF’s response, the challenges to an effective response, and lessons learned from the epidemic.

The Inter-Council Network invites you to watch the recording of this essential and timely webinar, recorded on February 12th 2015. The presentation was followed by an open question and answer period.

Please access the recording of the webinar here.