Africa, Development, Ebola, Economy, Environment, Health, Uncategorized

The Environmental Origins of Ebola

(Published in the Irish Times Oct 27, 2015) A new study explores the environmental factors that give rise to outbreaks of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Jointly undertaken by the Environmental Foundation for Africa and the ERM Foundation it posits a connection between rainforest fragmentation and this zoonotic disease. This is hypothesised to occur through increased contact between species that normally …


Africa, Development, Ebola, Environment, Interview, Science, Uncategorized

Interview with Tommy Garnett

(Published in Village Magazine June 2015) Tommy Garnett is a dual citizen of Ireland and Sierra Leone. He founded the Environmental Foundation for Africa (EFA) in 1997 while living in Liberia at the end of the first Sierra Leonean civil war. His organisation currently employs twenty staff all of whom are Sierra Leonean. He lives and works in Freetown. 1. …


Sierra Leone After Ebola

(Published in Village Magazine, June 2015) In Sierra Leone an amusing assortment of greetings have evolved to replace any ‘pressing of the flesh’ that could give rise to Ebola contagion. From elbow jabs to clasped-hand bows, a gallows humour is derived from the enforced measures. The reality of Ebola is hidden from visitors, the main reminder the hand-held, infra-red thermometers …