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Tolbert Nyenswah Authors, Donates Book On EBOLA

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MONROVIA: Dr. Tolbert Nyenswah, a Liberian faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of International Health, United States of America (USA), has authored a book on the EBOLA Virus Disease that brooked out in Liberia and other West African States, a few years ago.

The book is titled: “Collapse and Resiliency: The Inside Story of Liberia’s Unprecedented Ebola Response.” Copies of the book were yesterday presented to the National Museum on Broad Street in Monrovia.

Dr. Tolbert Nyenswah who is also Researcher and interagency personnel at the United States National Institute of Health (NIH) is also former assistant minister of health and former deputy chief medical officer of Liberia. It was during his service to Liberia when the 2014 Ebola epidemic struck Liberia and other countries in West Africa.
Dr. Nyenswah, who was the incident manager that led the response, became known as the “Ebola Czar” for his pivotal role in combating the epidemic despite his government’s lack of resources.
In the book “Collapse and Resiliency: The Inside Story of Liberia’s Unprecedented Ebola Response” he underscores the public health strategies that succeeded and those that failed, highlighting important lessons in managing current and future outbreaks and presents an insider’s view of Liberia’s response to the deadly Ebola epidemic.
In the book, he describes the fascinating journey from his childhood in a rural Liberian village to leading his country’s response to the deadly outbreak, providing a deeply personal account of how the epidemic was finally controlled despite a depleted health care system.

He noted that, prior to the Ebola epidemic, Liberia suffered from a protracted and ruthless civil war. Despite these challenges, Nyenswah and his team fostered a coordinated, community-based crisis response.
Weaving together stories of effective and ineffective practices with the lived experiences that developed his skills to manage such a high-stress program, Nyenswah details how organizations worked together and what were the best public health methods to fight the spread of the disease.
Unlike many books about Ebola in West Africa, Nyenswah provided both an expert account and a local voice and story highlighted the power imbalance during cooperative projects between western and nonwestern collaborators.
Receiving the book, the Director of the National Museum Mr. Albert S. Markey, lauded Dr. Nyenswah for the book and stated that the book will be placed in the library of the national museum to enable Liberians to have the opportunity to read about the Ebola epidemic.
Dr. Nyenswah is an internationally recognized legal scholar and a global public health expert.

He specializes in health policies, strategies and plans, disease control and prevention, public health emergencies preparedness and response, advising on incident management system functionalities.

He was appointed 3 times and Senate confirmed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in various cabinet positions…advises President Sirleaf during the 2014-2016 Ebola crisis in West Africa; and still is on President Sirleaf Advisory team on global pandemic response initiatives. He was awarded one of Liberia’s highest honor, Order of the African Redemption with the rank of Grand Commander by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, for leading Liberia’s successful response to the Ebola Epidemic.

Tolbert is the Author of the Book titled, “Collapse and Resiliency, The Inside Story of Liberia’s Unprecedented Ebola Response.” He author/co-author 107 peer reviewed scientific papers in high quality journals, such as the Lancet Global Health, BMC Public Health, New England Journal of Medicines, MMWR etc.

He recently participated in Catastrophic Contagion! tabletop exercise presented to the Gates Foundation and WHO as part of the Foundation’s Grand Challenges Annual Meeting in Brussels and was a key factor in its success.

Tolbert has been engaged with fighting some of worst dangerous pathogens, several public health emergencies, including, Ebola, Lassa fever, Zika, Meningitis and currently the COVID-19 response. Nine (9) years fighting endemic malaria. Since COVID-19, some of the major contributions, to the COVID-19 response includes the development of an opened source contact tracing course https://www.coursera.org/learn/covid19-contact-tracing) developed by Johns Hopkins and the Bloomberg Philanthropies that has over 1.3 million people enrollment and certificated, and over 15 million viewers.

The course is used in all 50 States in United States, Departments of Health, and translated in Subtitles: Chinese (Traditional), Arabic, French, Portuguese (European), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Vietnamese, Korean, German, Russian, Indonesian, English, Spanish, Nepal.

Tolbert helped Harvard University on developing a Crowdsourcing surveillance course on high pathogen diseases including COVID-19 and Ebola for capacity building in diseases surveillance.

Tolbert appears on several webinars advising high level political and technical global leaders: Center for Global Development, Carey Business School, Cornell University, JHU Faculty Real time COVID-19 response. Tolbert has been interviewed by: African, North American, Asian, European, and South American media.

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