An event to launch Paul Richard’s already highly-esteemed work Ebola: How a People’s Science Helped End an Epidemic.
From December 2013, the largest Ebola outbreak in history swept across West Africa. By the middle of 2014, the international community was gripped by hysteria. Experts grimly predicted that millions would be infected within months, and a huge international control effort was mounted to contain the virus. Yet paradoxically, by this point the disease was already going into decline in Africa itself. So why did outside observers get it so wrong?
Paul Richards draws on his extensive first-hand experience in Sierra Leone to show that the humanitarian response to the disease was most effective in those areas where it supported local initiatives and that it hampered recovery when it disregarded this crucial knowledge.
Paul Richards will be in discussion with Melissa Parker and Peter Piot from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to discuss this eye-opening account of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the crucial role of local communities in containing the spread of the disease.
The event will be held at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Main Campus, John Snow B
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