Giving a global voice to frontline Ebola experts

Getting to Zero by Sinead Walsh and Oliver Johnson


Junior doctor Oliver Johnson and Irish diplomat Sinead Walsh worked in Sierra Leone during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Their book, Getting to Zero (Zed Books), captured their moving account of working on the front-line of the epidemic.

The Guardian praised the book for 'lifting the lid on the litany of mistakes' relating to the outbreak, the Daily Express revealed ‘the politics inside an epidemic’, and articles from the Press Association, covered Oliver's ‘horrors of fighting against Ebola in Africa’. Irish Independent told Sinead's perspective in depth, while the Irish Times went with the headline ‘how we failed Sierra Leone in Ebola crisis’.


The authors were also interviewed on RTE 1 and Newstalk, while international broadcast coverage ran across several BBC World Service shows and NBC’s Euronews.


The book captured the hearts of readers around the world and put an important issue back on the news agenda. The first print run sold out and Oliver and Sinead's global book tour has been a great success.