November 17: Congressional Briefing on Ebola and the African Health Crisis

The National History Center of the American Historical Association will hold a Congressional briefing on November 17 on Ebola and the African health crisis in historical perspective.  As Ebola tears through West African countries, spreading more rapidly than efforts to contain it, it is important to recognize that Ebola is a symptom of a much broader health crisis in Africa. It is a product of the failure of national governments, but more importantly the global health community, to invest in the development of health infrastructures and training in Africa. Billions of dollars have been targeted for programs aimed at HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and yet hospitals and clinics still lack the basic equipment and personnel needed to care for sick patients.  Professor Randall M. Packard of Johns Hopkins University, Professor Gregg Mitman of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Professor Julie Livingston of New York University and Rutgers University will discuss the history of public health efforts in Africa and the consistent failure of these efforts.   Professor Dane Kennedy, Director of the National History Center, will moderate the discussion.

The briefing will be held on Monday, November 17 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Cannon House Office Building, Room 121 (C St SE, Washington, DC).

To learn more about the history of Ebola and the African health crisis, please see our briefing webpage.

For further information, please contact the Center’s assistant director, Amanda Moniz, at or 202-450-3209.