Health Care Workers Attend To Mothers, Newborns Even In Face Of Ebola Threat

The Guardian: Sierra Leone: we save lives of women in childbirth — while fighting Ebola
Benjamin Black, obstetrician and gynecologist for Médecins Sans Frontières

“…When Ebola first visited in 2014 no one knew what to expect. Paranoia was rife, and the death toll soared. At our previous hospital we tried to withstand the force of the disease and find ways to keep going but ultimately it was stronger than us. Closing the maternal and child health project back then was a painful decision, but the safest one, given the uncontrolled situation. That experience kept many of us returning during the outbreak, and pushing for the need to create a project that could withstand another. That objective was now being tested less than a week after opening. … When the official announcement [of a new Ebola case in January 2016] finally came it was no surprise. I had assumed our fledgling project would suffer and that new staff would not come to work, but I was wrong. Everyone came, and the team has stood taller and stronger than I would have ever dared to expect. … We have seen what Ebola can do, and we are working to prevent it disrupting the vital services we are supporting the hospital to provide…” (2/23).

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