Public investment in health is a strong indicator of a government's commitment to its people (Lu et. al, 2010). As Ebola wreaked havoc on Liberia (accounting for more than 10,000 fatalities in West Africa in 2014), childhood immunization coverage dropped from 88% to 60% in 2014.

Ultimately, health systems will need to be strengthened in order to prevent the outbreak of future epidemics. The noted foreign policy article calls for the "...modernization of infrastructure and human resources." A proposed investment in refrigerators (to store vaccines) for local health outposts serves as one such example.

Although investing in emergency responses to Ebola was essential at the time of the outbreak, continued investments in broader health systems are the most effective investments to ensuring prevention and management of future crises.