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Public Health

  • Ebola Diaries: From Denial and Fear to Action
    When Leticia Linn arrived in Monrovia on July 13, 2014, most people in Liberia were not taking Ebola seriously and denial about the outbreak was widespread. A communications expert, Linn worked with the Ministry of Health’s team to liaise with the media and inform the ...More
    June 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Strengthens Laboratory Capacity During Cholera Outbreak in Tanzania
    As of May 16, 2015, a cholera outbreak was confirmed in the Kigoma region, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, along the Tanzania border with Burundi. Cholera is endemic in the region, but due to a recent influx of thousands of Burundian refugees, overcrowding and poor ...More
    June 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • Medical Camp Kits Replace Primary Healthcare Facilities Before Onset of Nepal's Monsoon
    The race to restore primary healthcare services disrupted by Nepal’s April 25 and May 12 earthquakes is on with the deployment of 50 medical camp kits (MCKs) throughout the country’s 14 most-affected districts. The MCKs, which will be deployed in the next week ...More
    June 1, 2015 Posted in News
  • Lassa Fever: What You Need to Know
    In light of the fatal case of Lassa fever in the U.S., the World Health Organization (WHO) offers the following information on this acute viral hemorrhagic illness. ...More
    May 29, 2015 Posted in News
  • When Ebola Turned Routine Care Into a Life-threatening Event
    Dr. Diallo Thierno Souleymane, a doctor in Conakry, Guinea, recalls the day he received a phone call that changed his life. He had tested positive for Ebola. After surviving the disease and emerging from the Ebola treatment center, Souleymane was frightened to return ...More
    May 28, 2015 Posted in News
  • Ebola in Liberia: Frightened Patients Infected Their Caregivers
    Barbara Bono began working at Elwa hospital in Monrovia, Liberia just as word began to spread about Ebola. Although staff did their best to learn about the new disease and how to protect themselves, reality was very different from the theory. One by one staff fell sick but ...More
    May 27, 2015 Posted in News
  • Giving Back After Ebola
    Before the Ebola virus arrived in Freetown, Sierra Leone, hospital nurse Adiatu Pujeh and her colleagues at the King Harman Hospital thought malaria was the most challenging disease they faced. But Ebola, which arrived in their midst last September, infecting Pujeh and ...More
    May 27, 2015 Posted in News
  • The Last Ebola Survivor of His Team Tells His Tale
    Mohamed Sesay was once part of an eight-person team of laboratory technicians trained to test for Ebola virus. But as the outbreak exploded and more and more samples arrived, his team was overwhelmed. One by one his colleagues sickened and died. He too eventually fell ill ...More
    May 27, 2015 Posted in News