Title of paper

Scholarly Effort in the Drive to Solving EVD Pandemic in West Africa: What Role for Africans?

Presenter's country

Nigeria

Start Date

28-5-2016 9:30 AM

End Date

28-5-2016 10:35 AM

Location

Hall I

Submission type

Presentation

Abstract

The prevalence of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic disease and its multifaceted impact on the world have been well documented. The epidemiological phases of this disease have left a negative trail on millions of Africans especially in West Africa. The full impact of recent pandemic will affect a generation of Africans’ health at the present and future.

Significant efforts have been mounted to curtail the spread of this pandemic. Scholarly effort often set the pace for clinical solutions. What are the intellectual contributions of Africans and people of African descent to scholarly effort on this matter?

This paper will report a very comprehensive search of scholarly efforts published on Ebola Virus Disease between 2005 and 2015. Effort will be made to ascertain the ethnicity of the authors. Descriptive statistics will be used to present the data on authorship and their ethnicity.

This study will test the hypothesis that African origin will have no significant relationship to the intellectual contribution for solution to the Ebola epidemic. A comprehensive literature search will be conducted to determine intellectual efforts and publications directed towards a resolution of EVD in West Africa. Nationality and ethnicity of authors will be ascertained. Appropriate statistical analyses will be conducted to test the postulated hypothesis.

The paper will conclude with recommendations and suggestions related to increased contributions of Africans in the scholarly contributions to solving health problems of Africa.

Keywords

Ebola Virus Disease, African Authorship, Epidemiology, African Scholarly Leadership, Ebola Hemorrhagic Disease

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May 28th, 9:30 AM May 28th, 10:35 AM

Scholarly Effort in the Drive to Solving EVD Pandemic in West Africa: What Role for Africans?

Hall I

The prevalence of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic disease and its multifaceted impact on the world have been well documented. The epidemiological phases of this disease have left a negative trail on millions of Africans especially in West Africa. The full impact of recent pandemic will affect a generation of Africans’ health at the present and future.

Significant efforts have been mounted to curtail the spread of this pandemic. Scholarly effort often set the pace for clinical solutions. What are the intellectual contributions of Africans and people of African descent to scholarly effort on this matter?

This paper will report a very comprehensive search of scholarly efforts published on Ebola Virus Disease between 2005 and 2015. Effort will be made to ascertain the ethnicity of the authors. Descriptive statistics will be used to present the data on authorship and their ethnicity.

This study will test the hypothesis that African origin will have no significant relationship to the intellectual contribution for solution to the Ebola epidemic. A comprehensive literature search will be conducted to determine intellectual efforts and publications directed towards a resolution of EVD in West Africa. Nationality and ethnicity of authors will be ascertained. Appropriate statistical analyses will be conducted to test the postulated hypothesis.

The paper will conclude with recommendations and suggestions related to increased contributions of Africans in the scholarly contributions to solving health problems of Africa.