Why Communication Matters

Calling out weak communication systems is one of the unique services that Crawford Kilian provides the global health community.

In a blog post, he cuts into the Guinean government for providing little, if any, health information on their websites and asks why no one provided aid to develop health communication channels—or conditioned aid upon better information flow.

He concludes, “When a government is itself a hazard to its people's health, the international community needs to say so...at least after it's made every effort to get that government to start talking to its people and to the world. Without such regular, honest communication between West Africa's governments and citizens, Ebola and other diseases are certain to become endemic.”

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