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September 12, 2012 5:06 PM
Shaka Ssali hosts this call-in program that examines topics of special interest to Africans.

Straight Talk Africa 12 Sep

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Published September 12, 2012

Shaka Ssali hosts this call-in program that examines topics of special interest to Africans.

Straight Talk Africa

Shaka Ssali hosts this call-in program that examines topics of special interest to Africans.

Join us every Wednesday as Shaka and his guests discuss topics of special interest to Africans, including politics, economic development, press freedom, health, social issues and conflict resolution.

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Straight Talk Africa is broadcast live every Wednesday from 1830-1930 UTC/GMT simultaneously on radio, television and the Internet.


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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.
 

Remote Guest:

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)
 
SKYPE Guest:
Sia Nyama Koroma 
First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone
Via SKYPE:  Freetown, Sierra Leone
 

Phone Guest:
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?

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Internship Opportunities

In the competitive and changing television industry, nothing is more valuable for job-seekers than "real world" experience. The Straight Talk Africa internship program offers motivated and outstanding students exciting opportunities to experience practical journalism.  In addition to helping to get our weekly studio programs on-the-air, interns also produce a final project for their portfolios. Projects include writing and producing promos, stories, and even full-length documentary or magazine shows.

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For more information and/or send your resume to: 
africatv@voanews.com
attention Roblyn Hymes. Applications are accepted on a open deadline basis.

 

About the Host

Shaka, a Ugandan-born American journalist, holds a doctorate in cross-cultural communication and history from UCLA in California. He is a former Ford Foundation Fellow and has received numerous honors, including a United Nations Peacekeeping Special Achievement Award in International Journalism. Other awards include VOA's Best Journalist Award and Kigezi College Butobere's first ever Highest Achievement Award in International Human Communication. Butobere is located in Kabale, southwestern Uganda, and is Shaka’s alma mater.
 

During his career, Shaka has interviewed and hosted many presidents and prime ministers.  Among them:  General Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President, Nigeria; Levy Patrick Mwanawasa; Former President, Zambia; Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom;  Botswana President Seretse Khama Ian Khama; Ghana President John Evans Atta Mills; Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, Liberia; Hifikepunye Pohamba, President, Namibia; Uganda President Yoweri Museveni; Joseph Kabila, President, DRC; Rwanda President Paul Kagame; and General Salva Kiir, First Vice President, and president of the government of Southern Sudan.
 

He has also hosted newsmakers and policy makers who interact with Africa, including:   Norbert Mao, President, Uganda Democratic Party; Johnnie Carson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Donald Yamamoto, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank; South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai; Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court; Mo Ibrahim, Chairman Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Nobel Literature laureate Wole Soyinka; Professor Muna Ndulo, Cornell Law School; Professor Ali Mazrui, SUNY; Professor George Ayittey, American University; Professor Sulayman Nyang, Howard University; Uganda Supreme Court Justice George Kanyeihamba; Dr. Rebecca Nyandeing de Mabior, a Southern Sudan government official and widow of former SPLA leader Dr. John Garang; Jeff Sharlet, author, The Family; Bob Hunter, Associate, Fellowship Foundation; Mbulelo Rakwena, former South African Ambassador to Brazil; Baffour Ankomah, Editor, New African magazine.