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Let’s Talk About Geography and Ebola

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Why knowing where countries are in Africa matters for how the rest of the world thinks about Ebola.

 

Cultural and media norms that often refer to Africa as one entity rather than an 11.7 million-square-mile land mass comprised of 54 countries and over 1.1 billion people who speak over 2,000 different languages.  This cultural confusion means that, when a dangerous virus like Ebola breaks out, Americans who are used to referring to “Africa” as one entity may make mistakes in understanding just how big of a threat Ebola actually is, who might have been exposed to it, and what the likelihood of an individual contracting it might be.  This Ebola outbreak is wreaking havoc on African economies beyond the three most heavily affected by Ebola, and that damage is completely avoidable. The East and Southern African safari industry provides a good example. Bookings for safaris there — including for the famed Great Migration in Kenya and Tanzania — have plummeted due to the Ebola outbreak. These actions are based in fear, not reality.

 

Tags: Ebola, medical, diffusion, Africa, regions, perspective.


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Kaitlin Young's curator insight, October 23, 2014 12:35 PM

Just a few days ago, another student in one of my classes referred to Africa as a country and not a continent. After my professor cringed and corrected the student, she explained how unfortunately, she has to make that correction more often than you would thing. Many people do not realize the size of Africa, and that some places in Africa are further from the illness than part of Europe. Media headlines such as “Ebola Crisis in Africa” can create mass hysteria and further create judgment and discrimination towards the continent. South Africa is different from Sierra Leone which is different from Madagascar which is different from Egypt. By grouping all of these places together under one ignorantly used continent name, people are less likely to understand where Ebola really is, and why it is there. The irony shown by the college in Texas denying entry to a Nigerian citizen just proves the kind of fear mongering and misunderstanding that the Americans wallow in due to lack of geographical knowledge and lack of concern towards anything other than their own home. 

Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, November 2, 2014 10:06 PM

When people hear Africa, they think of one place not 55 different countries.  Some even mistakenly refer to Africa as a country.  Lack of knowledge on our part is hurting the rest of Africa that is unaffected by the Ebola outbreak.  Places in the east, south and even north are being hurt from it.  People who had planned vacations or business trips to these areas have cancelled the trip because of the fear that this disease some three thousand miles away is going to somehow jump borders while they are there and infect them.  3000 miles by the way is from here in Rhode Island cross country to the Redwood Forest in California.  If there was an outbreak of Ebola in California would we stop our vacations to Maine or New York or anywhere on the east coast?  Probably not, and because we don't realize the distance between these countries in Africa, they too are losing.  In the three countries that the Ebola outbreak has been an issue preventative measures have been implemented to stop the spread of Ebola to any other country keeping the disease in one area.    

Giselle Figueroa's curator insight, November 4, 2014 4:24 PM

I completely agree with this article. Most of people see Africa as one entity, which is not true. I include myself in that group of people because I used to think the same thing. After analyzing this issue in one of my class, I could realized that is not true. There is a lot of people who think that especially when the Ebola issue.

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Ignorance of Africa’s geography deters tourists fearing Ebola

Ignorance of Africa’s geography deters tourists fearing Ebola | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
JOHANNESBURG — When Canadian tourist Shauna Magill posted on Facebook that she’d arrived safely in Uganda, a friend warned her to beware of “a thing called Ebola please.”

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 29, 2014 4:11 PM

It shouldn't be too surprising that misconceptions about African geography has led to travelers are increasingly canceling trips to Africa, regardless of where on the continent it may be.  Here are some accurate maps and data to help inform our decisions.

MsPerry's curator insight, September 18, 2014 12:23 PM

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John Snow's cholera map of London recreated

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What would John Snow's famous cholera map look like on a modern map of London, using modern mapping tools?
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This brings an updated look using modern geographic technology to this classic map of Snow's study of cholera outbreaks in 19th century London.  There is also a link to the actual data and a debate of the early techniques used.

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How Ebola sped out of control

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The story behind the failure of the world's health organizations to stop the Ebola disaster.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 7, 2014 4:24 AM

How Ebola sped out of control

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The development between MDCs and LDCs are very different in a lot of ways. The Ebola epidemic is handled in two different ways because of the levels of development in countries. in MDCs there is more of a health indutry and can cure sicknesses much faster than those countries of less development. 

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Why the Plan to Dig a Canal Across Nicaragua Could Be a Very Bad Idea

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"By the end of this year, digging could begin on a waterway that would stretch roughly 180 miles across Nicaragua to unite the Atlantic and Pacific oceans."


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Alec Castagno's curator insight, October 23, 2014 11:50 AM

This article discusses the many problems with building a canal through Nicaragua. While it would have many economic benefits, like boosting Nicaragua's economy and transporting ships too large for the Panama canal, it would seem there are even more downsides. The nature of the deal between China and Nicaragua is unclear and suspicious, and the project could have many negative environmental impacts. This paired with the fact that this idea has failed many times before make the idea of a Nicaraguan canal sound like it would cause more harm than good.

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, October 30, 2014 7:52 PM

China constructing a canal that stretches through Nicaragua would give the country an economic boost that would be helpful to keep it afloat. While building a canal may seem like a great idea on paper, the construction would reap untold consequences on the surrounding lakes and bodies of water, as well as the land in Nicaragua.

Edelin Espino's curator insight, November 17, 2014 1:42 PM

In my opinion this shouldn’t be done because that lake is the source of the Nicaraguan drinking water. For the economy of the country this canal can be a big help as well as for china but if it mean taking away their water supplies then this is not a good idea. But I guess that the world is changing and china with a better route of shipping will be a good thing for our society.  

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Gangnam Style: Three Reasons K-Pop Is Taking Over The World : NPR

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How Korea added pop music to its list of global exports.

 

A now developed country has built up its music industry infrastructure to the point that its product has diffused to the West.  Some K-Pop music videos are the most watched You Tube videos in the world.

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