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Challenges Remain In Efforts To Pay, Retain Ebola Workers In Sierra Leone

The Guardian: Sierra Leone Ebola hospital staff threaten strike over risk pay
“Staff at a hospital in Sierra Leone are threatening to go on strike, claiming the government has not been paying them risk allowance for working with patients with Ebola for months. … A strike would close the hospital, which is largely funded by the Swiss Sierra Leone Development Foundation. The NGO has previously provided enough to cover the hospital’s running costs of about $1m a year and half of staff salaries but it is running out of funds, leaving staff without pay since September…” (O’Carroll, 12/16).

U.N. News Centre: Ebola: U.N. says health workers in Sierra Leone to receive hazard pay using mobile money
“Response workers battling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will receive ‘hazard pay’ for the first time in Sierra Leone using mobile money because ‘unless there is a certain element of incentives, or danger pay, it’s very difficult to attract and retain people,’ the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced [Tuesday]…” (12/16).

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