Ebola - Stepping up in Sierre Leone


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In 2014, Oliver Johnson was a 28 year old British doctor, working on health policy in Sierre Leone after finishing medical school. Also working in Freetown was Sinead Walsh, then the Irish Ambassador to the country. Then the biggest outbreak of Ebola on record happened in West Africa, starting in Guinea and quickly spreading to Liberia, Sierre Leone and Nigeria. Oliver and Sinead have co-authored a book about the change that wrought on their lives, how they stepped into roles coordinating the international response to the disease and running a treatment centre. They join us today to talk about their experiences there. For more information about Ebola, including the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo visit https://www.bmj.com/ebola. For Sinead and Oliver's book - Getting to Zero: A Doctor and a Diplomat on the Ebola Frontline is available now. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DFLFF9P/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

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