M&E Thursday Talk – Breaking The Silence: The Untold Truths About Ebola

Joseph Jimmy Sankaituah, Country Director, Search for Common Ground

April 23, 2020 10:00 am

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Join DME for Peace on Thursday, April 23rd at 10am EDT, as Joseph Jimmy Sankaituah, Country Director of Sierra Leone and Liberia at Search for Common Ground, joins the M&E Thursday Talks to lead a discussion on “Breaking The Silence: The Untold Truths About Ebola.”


Sierra Leone recorded its first Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) at the end of May 2014, and by early June, there was already a burst of new cases. These initial cases were traced back to the funeral of a well-respected traditional leader, which was held in a remote village in early May. Within just a few months, the virus had taken hold of the entire country. In this webinar, Jimmy Sankaituah will discuss the most likely reasons Ebola spread so rapidly throughout the population.

The most popular explanations for Ebola’s rapid spread include limited political response in the initial stages, the health sector’s limited resources, initial messaging and conflicting guidance, and a general disbelief by the population. Since similarities can be drawn between Ebola and COVID-19, Jimmy will discuss how these lessons learned are being applied within Sierra Leone to improve their response to the current pandemic. We will also explore how these lessons apply to our own responses to COVID-19, and how they might help us prepare for the long term consequences of this pandemic.

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