WeSurvive: Stories of the Ebola Outbreak
oral histories of a Modern
global health crisis
WeSurvive: Stories of the Ebola Outbreak is a web-based, oral history database that allows users to access a substantial collection of personal video testimonials from Ebola survivors, their family members, and other community members affected by the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak. We believe it is vital that West Africans contribute directly and significantly to the historical record of this global health crisis and help contribute to how the Ebola crisis and the region are understood.
West Africa received unprecedented international press attention after European and American healthcare workers contracted the disease and were diagnosed in their home countries. A preoccupation with the European experience of Ebola created even more distance from a region which hovers on the edges of international attention and understanding. Additionally, local trust in government and foreign aid organizations was lacking, and compliance with recommended health practices came slowly.
The Project is made possible with generous support from the Bertha Foundation and Global Giving Foundation.