BBC Africa Debate Asks: Has Ebola Changed Anything?

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The December edition of BBC Africa Debate – the flagship current affairs discussion programme on BBC World Service radio - will come from Freetown, Sierra Leone and will be presented by Tulip Mazumdar, Global Health Reporter, and Anne Soy, Africa Health Correspondent.

The programme can be heard on the BBC World Service on Fri 11 December at 1900GMT and online at and listeners can also join in with the discussion by using the hashtag #BBCAfricaDebate on social media.

Debating the question of what the Ebola outbreak has changed for Africa will be a guest panel including Dr Samuel AS Kargbo, director of health systems, policy and planning, Sierra Leone Ministry of Health; Alex Chimbaru, operations coordinator, World Health Organisation; Rebecca Johnson, a nurse and an Ebola survivor and the BBC's Sierra Leone correspondent Umaru Fofana.There will also be an invited audience, which will include key responders, those who worked on the frontline to combat Ebola and people whose lives were affected by the epidemic.

Both Liberia and Sierra Leone were thought to be on the brink of being Ebola free and this week, the last known Ebola patient in Guinea has been discharged from hospital. But it's been the world's deadliest outbreak of the virus and has left over 11,000 people dead. And it hasn’t just been a medical crisis: people's mistrust of governments, prevarication and a painfully slow global response all made the situation worse. So has Ebola changed anything? Has the world and Africa done enough to prevent a similar outbreak? And what has Ebola taught West Africa about itself?

This edition of BBC Africa Debate will be recorded on Weds 9 December in Freetown, Sierra Leone and will be broadcast by BBC World Service at 1900GMT on Fri 11 December.

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