Ottawa, Canada – The epicenter of the Ebola crisis may be in West Africa, but the effort to bring the virus to a stop will require a global fight. Stephen Cornish, executive director of Médecins Sans Frontièrres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Canada will call the international community to arms in the fight against Ebola at the next CIGI Global Policy Forum.

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) invites media to cover its Global Policy Forum, “Stopping Ebola: The Global Response,” taking place on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the Rideau Club in Ottawa, Canada.

According to a report issued by the World Health Organization in January 2015, the Ebola outbreak has claimed the lives of more than 8,600 in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, while 21,000 reported cases of Ebola have been suspected or confirmed. Although the number of reported Ebola cases is in decline, the outbreak could be reignited with just one new case, says MSF Canada. International vigilance remains the key to bringing the virus to a full stop.

At his lecture, Mr. Cornish will explore what that vigilance looks like for the international community, and call for further action to assist the recovering countries and prepare for future pandemics.

The CIGI Global Policy Forum is an exclusive, invitation-only series of talks offering authoritative analysis on policy-relevant issues affecting Canada and its place in the world. Media wishing to cover this invitation-only address are asked to register in advance with CIGI Communications Manager Tammy Bender, at 519-885-2444, ext. 7356 or [email protected].

Invitation-Only Event: CIGI Global Policy Forum: “Ebola Crisis and the Global Response,” featuring Stephen Cornish, Executive Director, Médecins Sans Frontièrres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Canada

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: Rideau Club, 99 Bank St. 15th Floor, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Stephen Cornish is the executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Canada. He began his career in experiential learning and community development projects and then moved into humanitarian assistance with MSF in 1996. Over the following ten years he worked in a variety of positions, eventually becoming head of mission on country programs in Africa, South America, and the Russian Federation for five years.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tammy Bender, Communications Manager, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7356, Email: [email protected] 

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