Help from above: outer space and the fight against Ebola

The Lancet, Volume 15, No. 8, p873-875, August 2015

In a recent article published in The Lancet, high-level figures from the space sector opined on the valuable role that space played in the fight against Ebola.

The authors describe how the third UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III) adopted a declaration in July 1999 including text on recommended uses of space technology to help control infectious diseases. The work on harnessing space assets for global health benefits has continued in earnest since then.

The UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space at its fifty-seventh session in 2014 established an expert group on space and global health.

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