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Goggle cams reveal scale of Ebola challenge in Panorama doc

Goggle cams reveal scale of Ebola challenge in Panorama doc
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Tim Dams
06 November 2014

Cameras attached to the goggles of medics treating Ebola patients have been used to create unique footage for a BBC documentary about the epidemic in Sierra Leone.

Blakeway Productions has produced Ebola Frontline (1x45’) for BBC1’s Panorama.
 
Blakeway Productions worked with Oztex Services to develop cameras for the film which were attached to goggles worn by the Medécins Sans Frontières - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) medical team as they treated patients in their clinic in Kailahun in Sierra Leone. The technology captured the reality of life for staff and patients inside the clinic.
 
The on-the-ground footage reveals the medical staff’s frustrations at the lack of support from the international community and pharmaceutical companies in fighting the Ebola virus, which has been responsible for over 13,000 reported cases in eight affected countries and 4951 deaths since the outbreak began.

Viewers are also given an insight from British doctor and MSF volunteer, Dr Javid Abdelmoniem, through a video diary he recorded to document his work at the clinic.
 
Lucie Kon, executive producer, Blakeway Productions, said: “Ebola Frontline confronts the key issues involved in the fight against this deadly and very cruel virus. Through footage captured by medical volunteers, viewers will get a real sense of what it’s like working in the blistering West African heat in a plastic personal protection suit; they’ll feel the medical team’s pain and despair when they have to separate a healthy parent from a scared and very sick child and then when that child loses their fight for life. They will also share in the euphoria of those who are cured.”
 
Ebola Frontline was commissioned by Ceri Thomas and Claire Hughes at Panorama, with executive producers, Lucie Kon and Karen Edwards for Blakeway.

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