Strength in Cities

Packed West African cities bore the brunt of the 2014 Ebola pandemic, showing the outsize role that cities will play in future outbreaks infectious and noncommunicable.

Calling cities “crucial laboratories of innovation in public health,” Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, makes the case that cities, not nations, must take on the lead in fighting future outbreaks.

Jha points to Lagos, Nigeria as a model; The city of 21 million leveraged its strengths to mobilize a powerful public health effort that ultimately helped quell fears the Ebola outbreak would go global.
South China Morning Post

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