Learning from Ebola to Improve Humanitarian Organizations' Legal Preparedness for Future Epidemics

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 (report available here).

By Meagan Dutchak, Caroline Elias, Lauren Geenen, Andrew Paterson, and colleagues from the Canadian Red Cross Society.

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