The Environmental Learning Centre opened in July 2014, but shortly after became un-functional due to the Ebola-crisis.
As an attempt to find some answers Architects Without Borders-DK in cooperation with the Environmental Foundation for Africa, Engineers Without Borders and IDA-Global Development have arranged a series of presentations. We seek to provide a platform for further discussion regarding the various factors that have contributed to the wide spread of Ebola in West Africa, and the flow on effects the disease will have in the area’s development activities in the future.
Cost: 50 DKK (including refreshments)
Transfer the amount incl. “EBOLA plus your name” to Reg. nr.: 8401 Konto nr.: 11099524
Alternatively by mobile pay to A. Camilla Kragh Pedersen, 26297191.
The event will be held in English
17:00 - 17:05 Welcome and opening of meeting
17:05 - 18:00 Snapshots from the field
Stine Skøtt Thomsen, IBIS – “How Ebola affects education” – will give a presentation on the effects of Ebola on school attendance in Liberia with a point of departure in IBIS’ educational programs.
Bauke van Weringh, Engineers Without Borders – “How Ebola affects EWB projects” - a presentation on how Ebola has shaped development efforts in Sierra Leone.
Patrick Kogler, Architects Without Borders – “The Environmental Learning Centre” – a presentation on how a project designed and built to raise awareness about sustainable building and landscaping, problems with deforestation, sand mining, gold mining, and clean water, became non-functional due to the Ebola crisis.
Questions and answers
18:00 - 18:45 Prof. Morten Sodemann, Odense University Hospital – “Epidemiology and social determinants of Ebola”. Prof. Sodemann will contextualize the recent Ebola outbreak within the overall public health picture in Africa, the international health regulations, and the social determinants of the disease. Q&A
18:45 - 19:15 Sandwiches and Networking
19:15-20:00 Tommy Garnett, The Environmental Foundation for Africa – “Why does the Ebola crisis in West Africa present a need for improved natural resource protection across Africa”? Mr Garnet will present the emerging evidence that one of the underlying causes of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is altered land use and that as many as 22 million people in West and Central Africa could be at risk from future outbreaks. Q&A
20:00 - 20:15 Buzz groups generating proposals for how to manage future threats of Ebola from a developmental perspective
20:15 - 20:55 Discussions with and reflections by the panel (Thomsen, Van Weringh, Kogler, Sodemann and Garnett) on the proposals from the buzz groups
20:55 - 21:00 Close of meeting