MSF’s Joanne Liu: The Ebola Year

Ebola proved to be the defining global health issue of the past year, and among the earliest to sound the warning was Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Just 6 months before the initial cases were confirmed in West Africa, Joanne Liu, MDCM, started her tenure as president of MSF International. The need to fight Ebola in West Africa soon overwhelmed her initial focus on conflicts in Syria and elsewhere.

Liu has not been shy about shaking the world into action—as MSF's report, Pushed to the Limits and Beyond, released March 23, makes quite clear.

In Part I of this exclusive Q&A, Liu shares the behind-the-scenes decisions that shaped MSF’s response. “When you look back, we had some early clues that this outbreak was different,” she said.

Next week, Liu will discuss some lessons learned in Part II.

—Dayna Kerecman Myers, associate editor.

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