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Ebola Outbreak Having Devastating Effects On HCWs, Health Systems In West Africa

News outlets report on how the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is affecting health care workers and health systems.

Agence France-Presse: Ebola epidemic decimating health workers in Guinea
“…The World Health Organization said last week that more than 120 health workers across the region had died during the ‘unprecedented’ outbreak which began early this year, and more than 240 had been infected…” (Bah, 8/31).

Agence France-Presse/The Guardian: Ebola: Liberian nurses strike over lack of protective equipment
“Nurses at Liberia’s largest hospital have gone on strike, demanding better pay and equipment to protect them against the Ebola epidemic which has killed hundreds in the west African state…” (9/2).

Associated Press: Ebola takes big toll on already poor health care
“…The toll [of Ebola] on health workers was felt immediately by grieving and frightened colleagues and by patients who had fewer people to attend to them, and it will likely set back health care systems — poorly equipped amid rampant poverty to begin with — for years to come…” (Duff/DiLorenzo, 8/30).

NPR: Ebola Outbreak Takes Toll On Africa’s Health Workers
“Nearly 260 health workers in West Africa have been infected, and 134 have died. Dr. Robert Garry of Tulane University, who worked with five who died, discusses the devastation in the community…” (Cornish, 9/1).

Reuters: Health workers strike at Sierra Leone Ebola hospital
“Health workers have gone on strike at a major state-run Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone, over pay and poor working conditions, hospital staff told Reuters on Saturday…” (Fofana/Farge, 8/30).

Reuters: Ebola health workers should get danger money, expert says
“Doctors and nurses fighting the world’s biggest outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa should get incentives including better pay, insurance, and access to the new Ebola drug ZMapp, an international health expert said…” (Hussain, 9/1).

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