MONROVIA – The Bipartisan Alliance for Global Health Security is set to host a book launch for “Collapse and Resiliency: The Inside Story of Liberia’s Unprecedented Ebola Response” by Dr. Tolbert Nyenswah and Dr. Mardia Stone. This enlightening event will unfold on Monday, November 20, featuring a public in-person and webcast conversation from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, followed by an in-person-only reception and book signing from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. East City Books will offer books for purchase at the venue.
Inside the Pages of “Collapse and Resiliency”
The book delves into Dr. Tolbert Nyenswah’s firsthand account of Liberia’s response to the Ebola epidemic. From his childhood in a rural Liberian village to spearheading the country’s battle against the outbreak, Nyenswah shares a deeply personal narrative. Despite a weakened healthcare system, Nyenswah’s journey recounts how Liberia overcame the deadly epidemic, reflecting on the broader impact of war and disease on rebuilding a resilient health system and society.
Insider Insights and Global Collaboration
Nyenswah weaves together stories of both effective and ineffective practices, offering insights into the high-stress program management during the crisis. The book underscores the importance of coordinated, community-based crisis response and sheds light on the power imbalances inherent in collaborative projects between Western and non-Western partners.
Authorship and Expertise
As the only Ebola book written by a native African, Dr. Tolbert Nyenswah, LLB, MPH, DrPH, brings a unique perspective as the key strategist in successfully ending the epidemic. Dr. Mardia Stone, MD, MPH, a global public health expert, co-authors the book, providing additional depth to the narrative.
In the wake of the ongoing global challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, “Collapse and Resiliency” serves as a poignant reminder that a well-prepared public health system is invaluable. The event is made possible through the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, highlighting the importance of collaborative efforts in addressing global health crises.
About the Author
Dr. Tolbert Nyenswah is a senior research associate at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, known for his expertise in global public health. Dr. Mardia Stone, a senior consultant and advisor at Boston University School of Medicine, brings her experience as a World Health Organization consultant and Ebola Response Team Coordinator to the narrative.