We must learn from responses to such epidemics in the past if we are to succeed today. Such lessons will be difficult to craft, requiring expertise in culture as well as medicine, but need to be integral parts of our global response.
Tom Warth, the founder of Books For Africa, has done a lot of unusual things to promote charity and education. But nothing has been as important to him as his "African Book Walk: A Hike Across The Gambia to End Their Book Famine."
African citizens deserve elections that are about changing lives, not just changing leaders. The international community needs to find new ways to support, not just exhort, leaders in Africa to do the right thing.