News Bite 5: Ebola's Legacy


Image by Carl Gierstorfer. United States, 2015.

Image by Carl Gierstorfer. United States, 2015.

"More than a year and a half after the start of the largest Ebola outbreak in history, the damage wrought by the epidemic in west Africa continues to extend far beyond lives lost," wrote Pulitzer Center Project Coordinator Akela Lacy in an October 2015 blog post. "The outbreak infected more than 28,000 people and took more than 11,000 lives. The global response to the Ebola outbreak was slow, and the health systems in affected countries like Sierra Leone and Liberia were hard-pressed to accommodate a public health emergency of such proportions."

In this lesson, we'll explore Carl Gierstorfer's "Meet the Journalist" video and the interactive linked under "resources" and answer the questions at right. 

Credits: Interactive by Mareike Mueller and Laura Salm-Reifferscheidt. Idea and camera by Gierstorfer. A production of DOCDAYS Productions.

Educator Notes: 

In this lesson, we'll use a multimedia interactive created by our grantee filmmaker Carl Gierstorfer and his colleague Antje Boehmert to learn about the beginnings of the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the people who worked to slow the epidemic, and the aftermath the disease has wrought upon the region. 

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