As part of the BBC’s A Richer World season, renowned Swedish statistician Hans Rosling discusses how West Africa has managed to contain the Ebola virus.
Exactly one year ago, on 23 March 2014, the World Health Organisation officially declared an Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The Ebola crisis swept through the region, particularly Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
But Prof Hans Rosling, a professor of global health at the Karolinska Institutet, argues that the crisis demonstrates just how far Africa has come in terms of development considering how it has managed to battle back against the outbreak.
Published on Apr 26, 2014
Explaining the global vaccination programs is NOT a party-killer! It’s a Party Trick! Hans Rosling, an interesting academic…stating that 83% of children globally receive vaccines. Bill Gates wants to make that 100% with the added benefit this will reduce poverty. WTF! You cannot make this up?
So has poverty been eradicated in US, UK, Greece, Spain, Portugal due to vaccine coverage?
Hans Rosling is a global health celebrity, a former head of the Division of Global Health at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm whose riveting lectures have made him a star of TED talks, and a fixture of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. But since 20 October, he has occupied room 319 of Liberia’s Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, a large yellow building not far from the Atlantic Ocean. Working alongside the country’s head of Ebola surveillance, Luke Bawo, he is helping the ministry make sense of the largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded.
… When he saw the epidemic curve go up in Sierra Leone and down in Liberia in October, he was skeptical, and he decided to find out firsthand what was happening. He canceled his lectures and contacted the Liberian government. “I’m not a virologist and I’m not a clinician, but I have considerable experience investigating messy epidemics in poor parts of Africa,” he says.