Fear, Transport Shutdowns In West African Ebola Outbreak Contribute To Difficulties Recruiting HCWs, Delivering Supplies

News outlets report on challenges in recruiting and transporting health care personnel to work in West Africa during the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

Associated Press: Ebola survivors: Hospital staff exposed in Africa
“The hospital in Liberia where three American aid workers got sick with Ebola has been overwhelmed by a surge in patients and doesn’t have enough hazard suits and other supplies to keep doctors and nurses safe, a missionary couple told the Associated Press on Wednesday…” (Weiss, 9/3).

The Hill: Who will volunteer to help fight Ebola?
“Increasingly desperate health officials are asking for volunteers to help fight the Ebola epidemic that threatens to overwhelm several countries in West Africa. Leaders with the United Nations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are urging countries and non-governmental organizations to send medical teams as soon as possible to help contain the outbreak…” (Viebeck, 9/3).

Reuters: Fear hampers recruitment of volunteers in Ebola battle: WHO
“Fear of contracting the deadly Ebola virus is hampering efforts to recruit international health workers and slowing the delivery of protective garments and other vital materials to stricken areas in West Africa, World Health Organization officials said on Wednesday…” (Clarke/Begley, 9/4).

Reuters: U.S. missionary with Ebola identified, as survivor shares story
“A third U.S. missionary infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia was identified on Wednesday, even as a fellow aid worker with the same Christian organization publicly shared her battle with the deadly virus for the first time…” (Lorenz, 9/3).

Roll Call: Near-Complete Aviation Cutoff Making It Even Harder to Control Ebola Outbreak
“World Health Organization officials said Wednesday that Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, the three countries hit hardest by the Ebola virus outbreak, are almost entirely cut off from international aviation and their near-isolation is making it difficult for outside agencies to help contain the outbreak. … The countries face shortages of medical supplies, doctors, food, and fuel…” (Curry, 9/3).