Protecting water resources and developing waste management guidance around Ebola-care facilities: Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Ebola scan A Derbyshire Geographical Association Lecture

Event date: Wednesday, 11 February 2015 at 6.00 PM

Speaker: Professor Richard Carter (Cranfield University), Water engineer and consultant

Venue: University of Derby, Lecture Theatre OL1, Kedleston Road site, Derby, DE22 1GB

Cost: Free for branch members, £2:00 non-members

About the lecture:

The Ebola virus is known to be transmitted through human-to-human contact with contaminated body fluids.  At Ebola care facilities much liquid and solid waste is produced which is contaminated with the virus.  How long can the virus survive outside the human body?  How far can it travel in surface water and groundwater when contaminated waste lies on the surface, in pit latrines, in soak-pits and in burial pits? 

What risk do burial sites for the dead pose?  How should those managing Ebola care facilities handle, manage and dispose of the various contaminated wastes in order to minimise risk of transmission of the disease?

This talk will address some of the dilemmas faced in preparing relevant guidance.  It will reflect on some of the realities in the field, and it will highlight some of the unknown (and perhaps unknowable) factors in all of this.

About the speaker:

Professor Richard Carter has been working with colleagues from the Ministries of Water Resources and Health in Sierra Leone, as well as other UK and Freetown based specialists.