Since arriving in Haiti four months ago, Chiara Camassa, an administration officer for the World Food Programme (WFP), has been the agency’s ‘focal point’ for COVID-19 issues — largely due to her experience with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014. “The effectiveness of our response ultimately depends on our staff,” she said. “One big difference is that Ebola was a regional crisis and COVID-19 is a global outbreak.” According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 11,310 people died after contracting the Ebola virus between 2014 and 2016. As of 13 May, COVID-19 killed 287,399 people, and positive cases have topped 4 million globally. During the Ebola outbreak, Ms. Camassa added, it was not difficult to deploy staff. More than 150 people arrived in the first two months to help with the response.

 

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