Like SARS and MERS before it, the recent Ebola epidemic has brought with it not only a wave of death and secondary victims, but also a massive amount of misinformation and hysteria.
With the constant generation of speculative articles, misleading news reports, and politically-charged finger pointing, it is truly difficult to filter out what is fact and what is influenced by fiction. With the growing geographic spread of the disease, and the number of victims multiplying, unbiased information is more important than ever.
Enter Ebola Deeply – the sister site of Syria Deeply, with the brainpower and interactive tools to match. Lara Setrakian (one of our favorite 20to30 interviewees) and her team use the same platform as Syria Deeply to tackle the facts about the quick-spreading disease and provide rare reporting on all those who are touched by Ebola.
The tools that have proven exceptionally useful on Syria Deeply have found a similarly powerful purpose on EbolaDeeply. From the interactive Timeline and Map, to the “Ebola Files” (including a helpful glossary), to the incredibly moving and insightful Op Ed articles, all of these different pieces come together to form a comprehensive picture of the epidemic.
Like Syria Deeply before it, Ebola Deeply shows us that every world problem has a human face. Isha Sesay, Ebola Deeply author and CNN anchor, pens an article entitled “Why We Built Ebola Deeply”, demonstrating that everyone has a role in solving the problem of Ebola. Disease outbreak in Western Africa is not just a West African problem, but a global problem that calls for global thinkers and global solutions.
The call for global action is increasingly obvious as Ebola spreads, but it shouldn’t take landfall on American soil for us to realize this. In the words of Sesay, the aforementioned roles we play are for some “as simple as learning more about this disease and what is really happening in these seemingly far away countries.”