At the height of the Ebola crisis, Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey volunteered to travel to Sierra Leone to help the afflicted and dying. When she returned home, her own crisis began - she had contracted the virus and in December 2014 became critically ill. In conversation with Julie Etchingham, she reveals how she has since suffered further complications - including contracting the virus a second time. She also talks about her current health and her hopes for the future, while her relatives relive their moments of fear.
Steven Grandison’s Ebola: The Doctors’ Story joins Dr. Javid Abdelmoneim, a British emergency response doctor, inside a Doctors Without Borders Ebola treatment center in Kalilahun, Sierra Leone as the epidemic escalates dramatically in fall 2014. Attached to the doctors’ goggles, cameras designed to enter the “hot zone” of the facility reveal for the first time the realities of battling an unprecedented outbreak. Dr. Abdelmoneim, along with local and international colleagues, fights for the survival of his patients, and helps families reunite or cope with overwhelming loss.
Over a year in the making, this is the remarkable and uplifting story of five extraordinary children who beat the Ebola virus and then overcome loss and stigma to rebuild their lives. Today Sierra Leone is clear of the deadly Ebola virus. But for 19 months the country experienced the largest number of Ebola cases. After an extended nationwide State of Emergency and the closure of all schools, the government decided it was finally safe to allow a return to normality in April 2015.
The Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone lasted 18 months. Despite the country being declared free of the disease in November, thousands of survivors now face a bleak future. Tulip Mazumdar reports.
The inside story of how and why the worst Ebola outbreak in history wasn't stopped before it was too late. Award-winning filmmaker Dan Edge traces the roots of the outbreak back to the jungles of Guinea and tracks down key witnesses and survivors responsible for its spread across West Africa. They include the father of 'Patient Zero', the child who was believed to be the first person to die in the outbreak, as well as a young woman considered to be among the first to bring Ebola across the border from Guinea to Sierra Leone. The film includes revelatory interviews and candid admissions of failure from key government officials and those responsible for the woeful international response to the disaster. From the jungles of Guinea to the slums of Monrovia, the film exposes tragic missteps in the response to the epidemic. It's a real-life disaster movie that sounds a warning: the world is not safe from future epidemics.
The current Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the worst outbreak of the fatal disease in history, with the World Health Organization reporting more than 5,800 cases, including more than 3,000 deaths in the current outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also assumes that the actual number of cases is 2.5 times higher than what is officially known and have also predicted 1.4-million infections in those countries by January 20 if no action is taken to curb the epidemic in West Africa. In this documentary premiere, meet the scientists and doctors from all around the world looking for the cure and hear first-hand accounts of what it's actually like to catch - and survive - this terrible disease.