It’s Too Soon to Declare Victory over Ebola Virus

SEPTEMBER 03, 2015 12:09 AM| no comments

By David J. Olson There has been a welcome spate of good news coming out of West Africa in recent weeks on the apparent demise of Ebola, which has caused the region nothing but misery, illness (27,952 reported cases) and death (11,284 reported deaths) for over a year. Ebola cases continue to fall. For the [...]

Last days in Africa

JUNE 10, 2008 12:06 AM| no comments

Our penultimate day was spent at the Candlelight Memorial. It was memorable for meeting the former President of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda. He was quite delightful and warmly greeted us every time we bumped into him. He was staying at the same hotel and allowed us to accompany him to the mausoleum of his friend and [...]

Day 7 – Gerald multi-tasks as a getaway driver

MAY 20, 2008 12:05 AM| no comments

One of the aims today is to find time for a proper swim….. Three quarters of the crew headed off very early to the Lighthouse Project leaving me to do battle with Avis to change our two inadequate vehicles for one with tyres big enough to cope with these roads (oh, and brakes, a complete [...]

Day 6 – Malawi

MAY 20, 2008 12:05 AM| no comments

Two days of manic filming.  We have visited the football stadium where Sunday’s Candlelight Memorial is to be held. They are holding a run through and there are groups of school children, boy scouts and adults waiting to practice their songs. The President of Malawi is expected on Sunday, so the excitement is rising… The [...]

Day 5 – Travel Day!

MAY 19, 2008 12:05 AM| no comments

I’m writing this from the departure gate at Johannesburg where we are waiting for our Air Malawi fight. We’ve had to come to the gate by 11 for our 12.15 flight because apparently the pilot may decide to leave at 11.15 instead! We’re only fractionally concerned that no one else seems to be on our [...]

Day 4 – Health Train

MAY 19, 2008 12:05 AM| no comments

Today began with an early start for Gerald, Alex and Sam. David woke them up with a cup of tea and they set off to film the sunrise. Sam has filmed some challenging links for Stephen to pick up when he goes to the Global Health Conference in Washington at the end of next week. [...]

Day 3 – Singing and Dancing Day!

MAY 14, 2008 12:05 AM| no comments

Day 3, or what we prefer to call singing and dancing day! After a goodnights’ sleep, although slightly fitful on my part thanks to the snake episode, we grabbed breakfast and all set off to Ilinge which we first visited yesterday morning. The team consisted of Monika and Heidi, David and websedgetv. Liz briefly mentioned [...]