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Seb Taylor features on the BBC World Service's West Africa Ebola update

DEV's DR Sebastian Taylor spoke during the BBC World Service's West Africa Ebola update programme, talking about the extent to which the unprecedented scale of the current ebolavirus outbreak can be linked to the chronic weakness of the health systems in the affected countries.

Seb explained "I used the example of Liberia and discussed the fact that less than 2% of all bilateral donor aid to the country's health sector between 2005 and 2012 had been allocated to 'health infrastructure' (that is construction and equipment of local clinics), 'health personnel development' (recruitment and training of health workers), and 'health education' (public health promotion to build community understanding of disease management and response. Yet these three areas - basic lack of clinics, health workers and public trust in the Liberian health system - have been shown to be fundamental to the ebola problems we see today."

His insight was based on three aspects: his work in Liberia on post-conflict reconstruction between 2008 and 2011; his work on the global architecture of aid and health; and his work on West African health systems.

The discussion can be listened to online via the BBC Radio iPlayer.