The University of Liverpool Podcast

The University of Liverpool Podcast

Episode 14: Who stopped the Ebola outbreak?

August 22, 2017

Dr Calum Semple shares his experience working in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis. It’s a harrowing story that offers some surprising lessons. The large scale Western medical intervention, the type Dr Semple was involved in, might not have been the crucial factor in conquering the outbreak – and certainly not as key as we may have thought. Rather, when reflecting on his research and his experiences, Calum suggests that public health messages concerning the burial of infected persons were vital in curbing the spread of the epidemic.

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The study Ebola_CP “Convalescent plasma for early Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone" ( is funded by the Wellcome Trust ( and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.(

Dr Semple’s work is supported by a wide range of partners more details of which can be found here. (