Rapid Response Roundtable on Ebola
Monday, 10 November 2014 from 16:00 to 18:00 (GMT)
In light of the recent and continuing outbreak the University of Edinburgh's Global Development Academy is hosting a Rapid Response Roundtable on Ebola. Organised around the intersecting themes of biology,economy and culture, the panel features a virologist, an economist, and two social anthropologists who will discuss their perspectives on current events and discuss the global fallout from Ebola. By bringing together experts from different but intersecting disciplines this event aims to introduce novel ways of understanding Ebola and will be of interest for students, faculty as well as members of the wider public.
Prof Rachel Glennerster
Prof Glennersteris the Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab(J-PAL). Her research includes randomized evaluations of health, governance, agriculture, education, and women’s empowerment in Africa and South Asia. She has conducted research in Sierra Leone since 2004 and is the Lead Academic for Sierra Leone for the International Growth Centre. Prof Glennerster will be joining us via weblink to discuss her experiences and provide information about the economic impact of Ebola.
Some of her work can be found here:
Dr Benjamin Neuman
Dr Neuman is a virologist and Director of Outreach at the University of Reading’s School of Biological Sciences. He specialises in pathological and haemorrhagic fever viruses and is a member of the UoR Microbiology Research Group.
Some of his extensive work can be found here:
Dr Hannah Brown
Dr Brown is a lecturer in the department of Anthropology at Durham University. Her research examines economies of care, the management of epidemics, and human-animal health in Africa.
Some of her ebola related work can be found here:
Ms Joan Wilson
Ms Wilson is a Health Advisor for the British Red Cross and most recently helped set up the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies’Ebola treatment unit in Kenema, Sierra Leone in August this year. She will be joining us to provide a medics’ experience of the current outbreak. Since 2012 she has worked with TB/HIV for the British Red Cross in Southern Africa and MENA. Between 2002 and 2012 she worked with MSF in South Sudan, Darfur, Angola, Somalia and Sri Lanka on a wide range of preventative and curative projects.
Mr Dennis Kerr
Dennis Kerr has worked in the Health Service in New Zealand, Australia and England and has been involved in humanitarian medical work with MSF for the last 14 years in Uganda, South Sudan, Darfur, Chad, Central African Republic, Nigeria, India and Bangladesh. Since returning to Scotland he helped set up the Scottish MSF support group and has been a member of the Board of Directors of MSF UK since 2013. Most recently, Dennis spent three weeks in ELWA 3, an Ebola Treatment Centre in Monrovia, Liberia. He was responsible for the 'Suspect Tent' and will share his experiences of working in the field.
When & Where
Global Development Academy, University of Edinburgh
The Global Development Academy was created to harness the University’s international teaching, research and partnerships to ensure we play a central role in transforming the world.
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