Learning from Ebola to improve humanitarian organizations’ legal preparedness for future epidemics.

Citation:

Dutchak, M., et al., 2016. Learning from Ebola to improve humanitarian organizations’ legal preparedness for future epidemics. S. J. Hoffman & L. Sritharan, ed., Ottawa: Global Strategy Lab.

Abstract:

This report provides options for navigating five key issues faced by humanitarian organizations when responding to an epidemic: training, communication of risk, insurance, medical evacuation and reintegration. Options focus on practices that a humanitarian organization ought to adopt when interacting with its employees, since employees are owed a legal duty of care that, when ignored, makes an organization vulnerable to legal action. The options were identified by studying the successes and shortcomings of the Ebola response, and are meant to equip humanitarian organizations with the tools necessary to respond to future epidemics in a way that is efficient and that mitigates their liability.

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Last updated on 10/06/2016