Disasters and large-scale emergencies
In general, the news media have a huge role in public communications to help contain an epidemic such as Ebola. With this comes a responsibility to be accurate. The BBC is widely trusted as a reliable provider of information, which brings with it even greater responsibility than other broadcasters to maintain accuracy. I would like to comment on the 60-second video on the BBC news website http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28105531 with the caveat that I am not an expert and would welcome comments from others.
Though the body of evidence-based research continues to grow, there still stands a divide between new and relevant findings and their real-life application towards disaster relief and humanitarian aid. We hope that by distributing these leaflets, you can help publicize our work to better the availability of research in needy areas.
I can remember the early days of HIV, when many of our people refused to accept our public health statements, insisting that this was a virus planted by the white man to kill black people, a man-made virus, and not a sexually transmitted one.