On our August 20, 2014 program:
The West Africa Ebola Epidemic
The magnitude of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been vastly underestimated according to the World Health Organization. More than one-thousand people have died in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria – and nearly two-thousand have been sickened by the highly-infectious disease. There is no vaccine or cure for the virus, which is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids from an infected person. A WHO panel of medical ethics experts has ruled that it is ethical to offer experimental medicine to people infected or at risk. But the panel also said that use of experimental Ebola medicines would require “informed consent, freedom of choice, confidentiality, respect for the person, preservation of dignity and involvement of the community” The experimental drug ZMapp, is being used to treat two Americans and it has been shipped to Liberia to be used on two doctors who contracted Ebola while attending to patients.
Join us on the next edition of Straight Talk Africa for our live, one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast, when host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Dr. Antony S. Fauci, M.D.
Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institute of Health
Via Remote: NIH Bethesda, MD
Washington Studio Guest:
Andrew Clements, Ph.D
Deputy Director of the Global Health Security and Development Unit
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Sia Nyama Koroma
First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone
Via SKYPE: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Tolbert Nyenswah, Esq., LLB, MPH
Assistant Minister of Health for Liberia
Via Phone: Monrovia, Liberia
Question of the Week:
In addition to travel restrictions and quarantines, what more can West African governments do to protect its citizens from Ebola?
Send an email to: email@example.com or Post your comment on our Facebook Page. Key words: Straight Talk Africa