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Saturday, October 10 • 14:30 - 15:30
Investigating Health Issues: Ebola

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The most widespread epidemic of Ebola virus disease in global history started in West Africa in December 2013. The mortality rate among infected patient groups was as high as 70 percent in countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. 

Almost two years later more than 11.000 people has succumbed to the virus, and the epidemic has had severe consequences in countries affected.

How did the epidemic spiral out of control? and what kind of challenges do reporters face when covering an unknown and deadly enemy? What kind of lessons can the coverage of an African epidemic teach us about covering the next health emergency?

US journalist Ashoka Mukpo was on assignment in Liberia as a freelance photographer for NBC when he himself contracted Ebola in October 2014. He survived thanks to fast treatment at hospitals in Liberia and the US.

“I think it's important in life to take risks for things that you believe in. But it's also important to keep yourself safe. So, I mean, it's hard to call Ebola a learning experience. But I think that I'm gonna walk away from this with some important lessons for the future”, he told NBC after doctors said he no longer had Ebola in his bloodstream.

Editor Rodney D. Sieh owns and runs Liberia’s FrontPage Africa and will explain how he and his staff was covering the epidemic, and how negliance and bad decisions by the government and local authorities made the situation worse. 

Rosemary Nwaebuni from Nigeria’s Pointer Newspaper focuses on her coverage of “Nigeria and Ebola:  The Success Story


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Maren Sæbø

Editor/Board Member, Bundu/SKUP
Maren Sæbø is editor of bundu.no - a website on African Affairs in Norwegian, independent journalist and former editor of Verdensmagasinet X. She was educated in South Africa and has worked in several Norwegian newsrooms.

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Ashoka Mukpo

Freelance journalist and researcher, Freelance
Ashoka Mukpo is a freelance journalist and researcher. From 2012-2014, he was based in Monrovia, Liberia, working as an investigator with a local advocacy organization that monitors extractive industry operations in the country. During the Ebola crisis, he wrote and shot video for a number of news outlets. At the height of the outbreak he contracted the virus and was evacuated to the United States for treatment. His work has appeared in The... Read More →
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Rosemary Nwaebuni

Investigative Reporter, Pointer Newspaper
Rosemary Nwaebuni is an investigative reporter with the POINTER newspaper in Delta State, Nigeria.  Among her stories is Corruption Paid for in Lives in Nigeria's Delta State, her investigation into the sorry state of health care in her region of Nigeria. | | She has a knack for getting to the root of issues by digging deep through thorough investigation; holding corrupt officials and criminals to account for their actions.  Her... Read More →
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Rodney Sieh

Editor, FrontPage Africa
A veteran journalist of more than two decades, Rodney Sieh is currently the founder and editor of FrontPageAfrica, Liberia’s largest independent print and online daily newspaper of record, which has set a new standard for journalism in Liberia with groundbreaking reporting that has brought down senior government figures and exposed corruption at all levels. In partnership with New Narratives, FrontPage Africa he has also shone a... Read More →

Saturday October 10, 2015 14:30 - 15:30
Lillehammer 1-2 (Keynote hall)

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