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Pregnant in the Time of Ebola: Women and Their Children in the 2013-2015 West African Epidemic
ISBN: 978-3319976365, 487 pages, Hard Cover
ISBN-10: 3319976362
Copyright: 2019
Edition: 1st
Editor: Schwartz, David A., MD, MSHyg, FCAP; Anoko, Julienne Ngoundoung, PhD, MS, MS; Abramowitz, Sharon A., PhD
Specialties: Epidemiology , Infectious Disease , Public Health
Publisher: Springer
Series Title: Global Maternal and Child Health: Medical, Anthropological, and Public Health Perspectives
List Price: $159.99
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For the first time, this book incorporates the experiences and opinions of a team of internationally respected experts from different fields to address a public health problem of global magnitude -- the West African Ebola virus epidemic. In particular, the book addresses the effects of the epidemic on the most vulnerable elements of society -- women and children -- whose health and even survival were significantly affected by the outbreak, whether they were infected with Ebola virus or not. The authors are from some of the leading global health agencies that were involved in the Ebola relief effort -- UNICEF, Partners in Health, Medecins Sans Frontieres, International Rescue Committee, UNFPA, The Carter Center, and others as well as from multiple universities.The biomedical aspects of the recent Ebola virus epidemic, occurring predominantly in the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, have received unprecedented worldwide attention, but little systematic analysis. Even before the epidemic, these three countries had some of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, and had severe shortages of medical personnel and equipment. There were also significant sociocultural and behavioral factors that played important roles in fostering the dissemination of the virus among the individuals in these societies, as well as interrupting the medical care of non-infected individuals. In outbreaks of infectious diseases, sex, gender, and age play important roles in vulnerability to infection, caregiving roles, patient roles, access to healthcare resources, and perceptions and realities of risk. During the Ebola virus outbreak, however, the impact of sex, gender, and age was insufficiently studied and frequently misrepresented. This volume is the first to address these issues, and provide research, policy insights, and observations that can be of use to biomedical, health policy, social science, and public health students and experts in future epidemic events.Women and children, and especially pregnant women, are generally the most defenseless persons in the event of an infectious disease catastrophe such as the present Ebola virus outbreak. Women, children, and pregnant women were further affected by the inability of international NGOs to initially provide effective clinical care to pregnant women with Ebola, the rapid increase in Ebola orphans, and the complex role that traditional healers (like midwives) played in both expanding and containi