Sub-Saharan Africa

Despite decades of development programming for a country once upheld as a “model democracy” in Africa, Mali remains a country destabilized by extreme poverty; escalating violence and instability; and diminishing prospects for Malians’ futures in education, livelihoods, and stability.

Despite decades of development programming for a country once upheld as a “model democracy” in Africa, Mali remains a country destabilized by extreme poverty; escalating violence and instability; and diminishing prospects for Malians’ futures in education, livelihoods, and security.

Manasi Sharma is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Departments of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medicine School, as well as in the Peace and Human Rights Data project at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, where she works on public health and peacebuilding in humanitarian settings.

Jarrod Goentzel is founder and director of the MIT Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab in the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. His research focuses on meeting human needs in resource-constrained settings through better supply chain management, information systems, and decision support technology. Dr.

Erica L Nelson, MD, PhM is an Emergency Medicine physician who conducts research on critical geography and the use of geospatial analysis for public health and humanitarian response.

The current outbreak of Ebola in eastern DR Congo, beginning in 2018, emerged in a complex and violent political and security environment. Community-level prevention and outbreak control measures appear to be dependent on public trust in relevant authorities and information, but little scholarship has explored these issues.

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