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The World Economic Forum outlines how public-private partnerships helped stem the 2013 Ebola crisis in West Africa, as well as the opportunities they missed for greater collaboration. It applies the lessons learned from these successes and failures as the basis for new models for enhanced future collaboration. getAbstract recommends this analysis to anyone interested in enhancing public-private partnerships as a means of bettering the human condition.

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The Ebola outbreak was an unprecedented global health crisis that created extraordinary challenges for the international community. Where exceptionally complex challenges exist, so do collaborative opportunities to solve them. While the global response to the Ebola crisis was led by traditional public international and governmental organizations, it was bolstered by private sector support. The private sector played three distinct roles, with some organizations simultaneously engaging in more than one capacity:

  1. “In-country operators” utilized their local ...

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