With a rising death toll of 3,800+ and over 8,000 suspected cases, the Ebola epidemic spreading in West Africa is the worst in history. With an incubation period of up to 21 days and more unknown and undiagnosed cases to count; who’s problem is this, how did we get to where we are, and where do we go now?
Join BCCIC, PeaceGeeks, and an exciting panel on November 5th to learn about this issue, ask questions, and join the discussion on this burning global issue. Questions we will discuss include:
- What could an international response look like? What is Canada’s ideal role moving forward?
- Who should be involved and how? What needs to be done moving forward?
- What factors contributed to the Ebola outbreak and what can we expect the lasting impact to be on those areas affected?
Dr. Michael Rekart is a Clinical Professor of Global Health at the UBC School of Population and Public Health. From 1985 to 2010, he was the Director of the STI/HIV Prevention and Control Program for British Columbia. For two and a half decades, Dr. Rekart led BC's public health response to sequential HIV outbreaks in gay men, injection drug users and heterosexuals, as well as the public health effort to control North America’s largest outbreak of heterosexual syphilis. In May 2014, Dr. Rekart returned from a 1 year mission for Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF - Doctors Without Borders) in Swaziland, Africa, and he is preparing to embark on another MSF mission to Sierra Leone in December 2014 where he will work on Ebola.
Ian MacKay is a Nursing student, from Squamish BC, attending school at Douglas College, and a volunteer with the Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia. In 2012 he founded The Peace Life Project Foundation, a non-profit humanitarian foundation providing education and basic health care to children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In addition, he has provided humanitarian relief in Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Philippines and more recently Liberia. Ian spent his summer as a first responder to the Ebola crisis in Liberia. He strives to continue to advocate and educate on the global Ebola crisis. Ian’s passion for helping others extends to the ski hill, where for the past four years he has volunteered as a ski patroller at Whistler Blackcomb.
Dr. Mark Tyndall is a Director at the UBC Centre for Disease Control. Dr. Tyndall obtained his MD and FRCPC in Internal Medicine from McMaster University and completed an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the University of Manitoba. He received a Doctoral degree in Epidemiology from Harvard University with a focus on health and human rights. He has lived and worked in Nairobi, Kenya on HIV transmission as part of a WHO collaborative project. For over a decade, he has led community-based research projects with a focus on HIV, poverty and drug use in Vancouver and Ottawa. Dr. Tyndall is an author on more than 200 academic papers and has been a strong advocate for evidenced-based public health policy. He has received several academic honours during the course of his career, including a Michael Smith Foundation Senior Scientist award, and the Distinguished Medical Research Lecturer Award and Master Teacher Award from the UBC Faculty of Medicine.
Kent Bubbs Jr. is a trustee of the Universal Outreach Foundation. He is a native to the Sea to Sky and got seriously involved with Universal Outreach Foundation (UOF) 8 years ago. He and his wife Landis live full time in Liberia and focus on 3 sectors: Water and Sanitation; Education and; Economic Development. Presently they are refocusing on the fight against Ebola with the development of a campaign called “Beat Ebola Now”. This is a community level program that brings information and sanitation techniques relevant to Ebola into the communities.
Michael Simpson is the Executive Director of BCCIC. Michael Simpson recently undertook the role of Executive Director with BCCIC after fourteen years working with a Canadian NGO in Africa, Latin America and South America. He has worked in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and visited Guinea as well as other West African countries. Formerly a documentary film producer, Simpson has a wealth of experience on the ground in the developing world working on a wide range of issues from human rights to environmental and social sustainability with an emphasis on post-