Diversity and Cultural Competence in the Health Sector: Ebola-Affected Countries in West Africa examines the 2014–2016 Ebola crisis in three West African countries. The authors argue that this public health disaster was exacerbated by the lack of cultural competency in emergency response efforts. Considering the role of culture in the social, economic, health-related, and political dynamics that made these countries particularly vulnerable to the disease and how culturally competent approaches could have been employed sooner to reduce risk and prevent death and disability, this book serves as a guide for government officials, nongovernmental relief agencies, healthcare professionals, and public health personnel on how to effectively center cultural competence in emergency response to infectious disease outbreaks.
Mohamed Kanu is professor and former director of the Master of Public Health program at Tennessee State University.
Elizabeth A. Williams is interim dean of the College of Public Service and professor of public health at Tennessee State University.
Charles Williams is professor emeritus at the University of Memphis in the Department of Anthropology.
Introduction: The Nexus Between Cultural Sensitivity and Health Services
Chapter 1: The Interface Between Cultural Beliefs, Practices, and Health
Chapter 2: Ethnic Groups of Sierra Leone
Chapter 3: The Impact of Cultural Practices on Health: Case study of the Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea
Chapter 4: Integrating Cultural and Behavioral Adaptations in Disease Prevention
Chapter 5: Improving Cultural Sensitivity among Clinicians and Allied Health Professionals
Chapter 6: Recommendations for Best Practices