A major reason for writing Getting to Zero was the desire to contribute to a disaster like this not happening again. For this reason, current and future practitioners are key readerships that we had in mind while we were writing. The book is written in an accessible memoir style but is also the product of extensive research, including 85 semi-structured interviews and the review of hundreds of documents.

We believe that this book would be an excellent resource not only for current practitioners in the field but also in university courses in areas such as global health, humanitarianism and international development. We would be keen to hear from academics interested in potentially using the book or parts of the book in their courses. We also encourage students to recommend the book to their lecturers and professors


What is particularly impressive and valuable is how Oliver and Sinead are unafraid to point out the mistakes that hampered the efficiency of the outbreak response and inevitably increased the number of lives lost . . .

In the Afterword, the authors provide a series of recommendations for the management of future outbreaks, which focus on better community engagement, leadership systems, and accountability for both governments and international organisations.
— Marco De Ambrogi, The Lancet Infectious Disease

It’s a fascinating book. It’s a well-written insight into national and international governance, decision making, coordination, as well as multiple stories of personal bravery, commitment and dedication.

It’s way more interesting and comprehensive than the dozens of various public-policy case studies.
— Olga K