Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Update on Ebola Outbreak and Aftermath in West Africa


WHAT: Live-streamed panel discussion and Q&A with expert MSF medical and operations staff

WHEN: Thursday, February 23, 8 p.m. Eastern Time (recording will be archived online here)

WHERE: Register online here

DETAILS: The Ebola outbreak that swept across West Africa in 2014 and 2015 infected more than 28,600 men, women, and children—and killed more than 11,300 people—before it was contained. Across Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, schools closed, economies ground to a halt, and health systems collapsed under the strain of the epidemic.

Today, MSF is releasing The Politics of Fear: Médecins Sans Frontières and the West African Ebola Epidemic (Oxford University Press), which examines the motivations behind the decisions made in the international response to the epidemic, the medical advances that emerged, and the lessons learned from the largest mobilization in MSF's history.

A panel of MSF staff members will discuss what this reflection means for the organization’s emergency medical activities going forward and will share information on the post-Ebola medical needs in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

PANELISTS: Armand Sprecher, MD, MPH, is an emergency physician and epidemiologist who has worked with MSF since 1997. He has worked in responses to Ebola and other filovirus outbreaks in Uganda in 2000, Angola in 2005, Democratic Republic of Congo in 2007, and West Africa in 2014-2015.

Patricia Carrick is a family nurse practitioner who has worked on and off with MSF since 2001. She has been on five MSF assignments in South Sudan, Malawi, and most recently Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak in 2014-2015.

Michiel Hofman is a senior humanitarian specialist for MSF, focusing on research, training, and operational support, as well as publications in the humanitarian field. He is a co-editor of The Politics of Fear.

Mike White is the deputy operational manager for MSF programs in Haiti, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan and Liberia. His MSF field work includes assignments in eastern Ethiopia, South Sudan, northern Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. In 2014 and 15 he worked on MSF’s emergency desk as an operations adviser on South Sudan and Ebola.

MODERATOR: Tim Shenk is a senior press officer with MSF-USA and has completed five field communications assignments with MSF, including in Liberia during the Ebola outbreak.
Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle

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