• Don’t be Afraid to Ask

    Monday, August 29, 2016
    During the Ebola outbreak that hit Guinea between 2013 and 2015, Internews launched Ebola Chrono, a radio news program that covered prevention and treatment of Ebola. That program built on the success of its Ebola coverage to create a model for broader health reporting and provide information that listeners could use to make changes for the better in their lives.
  • “Don’t Talk to Me about Ebola…”

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

    Guinea was proclaimed “Ebola Free” at the end of 2015, but entered a three-month period of reinforced surveillance. Health activists and state authorities have warned repeatedly of the need for vigilance – basic health and hygiene measures, like regular hand-washing, must continue if Guinea wants to keep the Ebola virus at bay.

  • In Guinea, Light after Darkness as an End to the Ebola Epidemic is Declared

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

    It was a story of suspense and expectation. Guinea had been waiting for 42 days, six whole weeks since the last reported case of Ebola had been declared negative.

    As the epidemic proceeded, Guineans gradually took in the information available and paid heed to the advice. They learned to bring patients into medical facilities and to respect the instructions given on how to bury victims of Ebola.

    Dr. Diawara Facely, responsible for coordinating the fight against Ebola for the Guinean Red Cross, described the impact made by Ebola Chono, the Internews-backed radio show.  

  • From Ebola to Typhoid, a Radio Program in Guinea Tackles Issues within the Country’s Fragile Health System

    Amadou Korka Bah at the mic and a laptop
    Tuesday, December 29, 2015

    Today the World Health Organization announced that Guinea is free of Ebola virus transmission for the first time since the epidemic started there in March 2014.

    In January 2015, Internews established the radio program Ebola Chrono in response to the Ebola epidemic in Guinea. The show presented Guineans with reliable information about Ebola and helped dispel rumors.

  • How Guinea’s Journalists are Fighting to Win the War Against Ebola

    USAID: From the American People
    Friday, April 10, 2015

    (Internews' project helping Guinea's journalists report on Ebola is covered in this article from USAID.)

    Before coming to USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, I worked as a TV news correspondent for more than 12 years. I covered everything from school shootings to presidential inaugurations and worked alongside some pretty incredible journalists.

  • Fighting fear with information

    Friday, April 3, 2015

    "I was talking with some reporters recently, and one of them told me about a university teacher who believed that Ebola wasn’t real. He washed his hands at the door just because he had to. And that’s an intellectual, thinking it’s not real. So traditional public relations messages have not worked." − Pierre Mignault, Ebola Chrono radio program manager

    To respond to misinformation about Ebola, Internews started Ebola Chrono, a radio program broadcast every weekday that acts as a forum for local people to share information and personal stories.

  • Fighting fear with information

    A reporter interviews a health worker in a tent
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    This story originally ran in Medium.

    An interview with Pierre Mignault, Internews in Guinea

    Shortly after schools reopened in Guinea, in January, a rumor started that the Red Cross was going to spray the Ebola virus in schools.