Structural violence exists when social structures prevent people from obtaining basic necessities. Basic necessities can include medications or other items that can prevent the outbreak of certain diseases like Ebola in Africa. Ebola was considered an “emerging” disease because the number of incidences increased drastically in a very short period of time. This emerging disease or outbreak is a perfect example of structural violence against the African people. An outbreak of Ebola would not have occurred the same way in the United States as it did in Africa. There would have been measures put in place the limit the spread of the disease and those who were affected would be treated immediately. This is because the United States has the resources to take action in the event an outbreak like the one in Africa were to occur. Why weren’t those resources immediately available to the people in Africa? That is because there was no money for them to pay for these “luxuries”. It is sickening that these medications and medical treatments are considered luxuries when people’s lives are at risk. When someone is at risk of dying, any and all resources should be made available to them, regardless of whether or not they can afford to pay for them. If there were an outbreak like this one in a country that the United States identifies as an ally, they would have sent an unlimited amount of resources and assistance to prevent the spread of the disease. To fight further Ebola outbreaks, I believe this is the response that the United States and other countries of the world need to have regardless of where the outbreak occurs. It is hard to predict when and when these events are going to occur, so there should be a special task force that is solely responsible for controlling these infectious diseases around the world. Such a thing exists in the United States, but If it existed on a multinational scale then the Ebola outbreak in Africa would have never happened, or at least could have been minimized. From an article listing the top ten outbreaks in United States history Ebola was listed as one of them. Only two Americans were documented as having contracted Ebola. That shows how minimal the effects were in the United States compared to Africa, yet it is still considered to be one of the worst. The effects of structural violence can be reduced drastically if any of these measures were enacted.