Evacuation, Quarantine Policies Influencing Health Care Workers’ Decisions To Volunteer In Ebola-Hit West Africa

News outlets report on emergency evacuation and quarantine policies that are influencing health workers’ decisions about whether to volunteer in Ebola-affected West African nations.

Associated Press/Wall Street Journal: Ebola volunteers wrestle with quarantine mandates
“…As Ebola-related quarantine policies have arisen around the United States, some health workers are reassessing whether, or how long, they can be among the hundreds that officials say are needed to fight the outbreak…” (11/8).

IRIN: Medevac policy gaps slow volunteer recruitment
“More than 5,000 international health care workers and support staff are needed to contain the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa, but doctors, nurses, and emergency responders say the uncertainty about what might happen in the field if they get sick is slowing down recruitment…” (11/7).

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