World Economics: The BBC Examines The Impact of Ebola on Some of The World’s Most Impoverished Nations

A recent BBC article explores life in West Africa after the recent Ebola virus epidemic. The devastating disease created widespread fear. Yet it also exerted an economic impact over the region.

Poverty

The BBC news article described daily life in three struggling nations: Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. The report concentrated on residents of the slum district of West Point in Monrovia. In the wake of the epidemic, some survivors have thrown themselves into work as they seek to recover from painful personal losses.

Seeking Prosperity

Several people who lost loved ones during the Ebola quarantine now manage small enterprises. Rita Carol invested in a refrigerator, which she uses to sell ice to neighbors. Eva Nah used compensation she received following the death of her grandson during a quarantine protest for tuition for four other young relatives. Slum dweller J. Roberts, a widower after the epidemic, began a business selling heated water. He also rents washing booths so neighbors can bathe. He hopes his small business will support a better life for his four children.

Better Health Care

One byproduct of the tragedy involves improved disease monitoring. This effort in Monrovia now obtains greater funding. A medical facility established to care for Ebola patients still employs a nursing staff. It treats other widespread conditions, such as scabies and malaria. Founded by Reginald Kahweh (who lost both his parents to Ebola), the Kahweh Clinic improves the daily quality of life for many Liberians.

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