The current outbreak of the Ebola virus has infected nearly 18,000 people and caused more than 6,000 deaths. The suffering these numbers represent is overwhelming, but for the West African countries at the center of the epidemic, Ebola is much more than just a healthcare crisis. The virus has affected every corner of society in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Schools have been closed for months. Infrastructure projects have been put on hold. GDP growth has slowed to a crawl. And elections have been postponed. An update on the social and economic cost of Ebola in West Africa.


  • Helene Cooper Reporter with The New York Times and author of "The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood"
  • David Evans Senior economist in the Chief Economist's Office for the Africa Region of the World Bank
  • Chernor Bah Youth advocate for the Global Partnership for Education and a co-founder of A World at School

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