2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak
Kofi Annan On The 2014 Ebola Outbreak

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Kofi Annan is a Ghanian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations (January 1997-December 2006). He was co-recipient with the United Nations of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. In this video, Annan expresses his disappointment with how the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been … Continue reading

2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak
14-Year-Old Ebola Survivor: “I Can Be Happy Again”

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In this video Hawa, a 14-year-old Ebola survivor from Sierra Leone, recounts her experience of catching Ebola and surviving it. Of first coming down with the disease, she says: “At first I felt a pain in my chest. It was my heart, it was beating so fast. It was so … Continue reading

2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak
Paul Farmer Discusses the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

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Paul Farmer is a physician and co-founder of Partners in Health (PIH), an international social justice and health organization. Farmer is best known for his work in providing healthcare to rural and under-resourced areas in the developing world. In this video, Farmer has recently returned from a trip to Sierra … Continue reading

2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak
Ebola: Emory Staff Talk About Treating Patients

Emory Staff Talk About Treating Ebola Patients

Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, treated the first two U.S. citizens to contract Ebola in Liberia. On receiving the patients, Dr. Marshall Lyon said “The first thing that goes through your mind is ‘this is a virus which is associated with a 90% mortality’. And it sort of gets … Continue reading

2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak
Nancy Writebol On Surviving Ebola

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In 2014, Nancy Writebol was working in Liberia with NGO Samaritan’s Purse. She became the second U.S. citizen to contract the disease while working in Liberia. In this video, Writebol recalls learning of her diagnosis from her husband, David: “He came into the room and he said ‘Nancy I need … Continue reading

2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak
Doctor Who Discovered Ebola Discusses 2014 Outbreak


In 1976, Doctor Peter Piot was the first to discover Ebola while working at the Institute of Tropical Medicine. Along with his team, Dr. Piot travelled to Zaire in 1976 to help stop the outbreak that was taking place. In this video, Dr. Piot shares statistics that highlight the gravity … Continue reading

[Text] The Spanish Flu: A Letter Between Physicians


“We have been averaging about 100 deaths per day, and still keeping it up. There is no doubt in my mind that there is a new mixed infection here, but what I don’t know.” This letter from a physician stationed at Camp Devens, Massachusetts, to a fellow physician friend, describes … Continue reading