SLIP launching ‘Getting to Zero’ by Sinead Walsh and Oliver Johnson

Friends of Sierra Leone,

The Sierra Leone Ireland Partnership (SLIP) invites you to the launch of “Getting to Zero: a Doctor a Diplomat on the Ebola Frontline” by Sinéad Walsh and Oliver Johnson, at the Royal College of Surgeons, on

Thursday 26th of July, at 6.30pm.

Marian Finucane of The Marian Finucane Show on RTE Radio 1 will launch the book.

The launch is kindly supported by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Irish Global Health Forum.

Sinéad Walsh will also be interviewed on the Saturday ‘Marian Finucane Show’ on 20th of July , after 12.00.

Proceeds from the sales of the books go to St. Joseph’s School in Makeni which supports students with hearing impairment and other disabilities including ebola survivors:

I hope you can be there to salute two heroes of three very tragic years, which claimed 11,400 lives.

Please RSVP by 24th of July to:

Martin Rowan


Mobile: 00353 87 9967990


Getting to Zero

Getting to Zero A Doctor and a Diplomat on the Ebola Frontline Sinead Walsh and Oliver Johnson

The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, London SE11 5RR — +44 (0)20 3752 5830

‘A brave, bold, yet humble account from the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. This is vital reading to help us all do better next time’ – David Miliband

In 2014, a 28-year old British doctor found himself running the Ebola isolation unit in Sierra Leone’s largest hospital, after the doctor in charge had been killed by the virus. Wrapped in stifling protective suits, he and his colleagues took turns to provide basic care to patients whilst removing dead bodies from the ward, battling to keep the hospital open as the queue of sick and dying patients grew every day.

Only a few miles down the road the Irish Ambassador and head of Irish Aid worked rapidly to scale up the international response. At a time when entire districts had been quarantined, she travelled around the country to meet with UN agencies, the President and senior ministers so as to be better placed in alerting the wider world to the catastrophe unfolding in front of her.

In this blow-by-blow account Walsh and Johnson expose the often shocking shortcomings of the humanitarian response to the outbreak. Theirs is the definitive account of the fight against an epidemic that shook the world.


The book is now published and is available in Books Upstairs on Westmoreland Street D.2  Cost Eu15.00

PB: £12.99 / $19.95 ISBN: 9781786992482

Also available in ebook Order at

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