The BBC World Service is to broadcast special Ebola updates which will air across BBC Africa language services on Wednesday and Fridays, its Director Peter Horrocks has announced.
The broadcasts began yesterday (Wednesday 13 August).
The broadcasts will be produced by the BBC World Service in association with the BBC’s international development charity BBC Media Action.
They will be broadcasting in the countries worst affected by the disease: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria on the BBC’s English, French and Hausa services.
Other BBC African services Swahili, Somali and Kinyarwanda/Kirundi will also carry the broadcasts
The BBC is also working with its FM radio partners to broadcast information about Ebola in other widely spoken local dialects: Liberian English in Liberia, Soussou in Guinea and Pidgin in Nigeria.
These updates will cover the basics of how the virus is contracted, the symptoms and what to do if people suspect they or someone close to them is affected.
They will cover the latest expert advice and new developments, as well as debunking myths and rumours, and combatting misinformation.
Peter Horrocks said: “As a trusted source of news in the affected regions, with millions of listeners, the World Service is ideally placed to bring the latest life-saving information to its audience.”
Thursday August 14, 2014