We are thrilled to announce that we have formalized our partnership with Emory University and are now in the process of delivering the WeSurvive oral histories archive to the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, of the Emory Libraries. To date, we have filmed and translated nearly a hundred hours of material, containing more than 80 interviews with Ebola survivors, family members, and West African frontline workers. These testimonials flesh out a tremendously underrepresented part of that event’s historical record and will enrich both how the crisis and the region are understood. We hope our team's efforts and the generous contributions of all the interviewees will help improve public health strategies implemented by foreign systems in the future.
Still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we all now know first hand how difficult it is to build trust and understanding in the pressurized environment of a health disaster. One of our central goals in creating and sharing this archive is to add depth and authenticity to how the Ebola crisis is understood by sharing these personal testimonials. Our partnership with Emory will ensure this material is made available for Global Public Health researchers and professionals and can help craft more effective and nuanced policy and communication strategies for future public health events. The effectiveness of any public health campaign is dependent on behavioral change. Playing our part in rebuilding, developing, and sustaining public trust in health institutions and science will be essential work for all of us in our post COVID world.
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“LEST WE FORGET! Our children and our grandchildren need to remember what happened during the Ebola crisis. We can never forget our history. We need to learn from it and to always be in prayer and to take actions that will ensure the safety and health of our people.”WeSurvive Advisor Rev. Canon Dr. J.E. Modupe Taylor PearcePro-Chancellor of Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.
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