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Harvard Hosts Global Ebola Discussion over Blue Jeans

Sep 23, 2014, by Ben Fineman
Tags: Blue Jeans Network, Cloud Services & Applications, Internet2 NET+

The world is watching the Ebola crisis unfold; according to the World Health Organization the number of new Ebola cases outpaces the rate at which they can be treated. In addition, the CDC states the 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest in history and the first in West Africa. Global collaboration is essential in addressing this threat.

Recently, Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government hosted a round table discussion on the West Africa Ebola outbreak between Dr. Michael VanRooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Dyann Wirth, Professor and Chair of the School of Public Health.  They were joined by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who connected from her home country over Blue Jeans video conferencing service. The discussion covered the impact of Ebola and appropriate responses available to the international community.

Harvard has long been a leader in the dialogues surrounding public health and humanitarian efforts while also spearheading the use of advances in technology. It’s neat to see how the Internet2 community is using the Blue Jeans solution in an impactful way to catalyze collaboration in addressing, and hopefully finding a solution to, the health crisis being faced by the people of West Africa and beyond.

Watch this webcast to hear directly from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the other discussion participants, and visit the Internet2 NET+ Blue Jeans webpages to learn more about how Blue Jeans has worked to tailor their solution to meet the needs of the research and education community.