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MSF cites the death of two of its members (in Guinea and Liberia)

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EBOLA: MSF CONFIRMED THE DEATHS OF TWO OF ITS MEMBERS

[News] - 25 | 08 | 2014 - Guinea - Liberia
It is with great sadness that MSF confirms that two of its members, a Guinean responsible for activities with communities and a Liberian nurse, died.

Our colleague Guinea was admitted on August 19 in one of the treatment centers Ebola MSF in Guinea. Despite the care that was provided to him, he died the next day. His funeral took place on August 21 in the presence of his family and the MSF team. It was part of the outreach team of MSF, in charge of hygiene activities and management alerts for suspects in the communities. Our colleague was not working inside the treatment center Ebola.

For its part, our Liberian colleague, a nurse from the Ministry of Health who worked for MSF, was admitted in one of our centers Ebola treatment in Liberia on Aug. 19. MSF doctors did their best to provide the best possible medical care, but he died on August 23. His funeral is currently being organized.

A full investigation is underway to determine how our members are sick.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of our two colleagues. We'll give them our support during this difficult time.

http://www.msf-azg.be/fr/nouvelle/ebola ... es-membres

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:43 pm 
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MSF Deeply Saddened by Deaths of Guinean and Liberian Colleagues

August 24, 2014

It is with great sorrow that Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) confirms that two of our colleagues, a Guinean outreach worker and a Liberian nurse, have passed away.

On August 19, our Guinean colleague was admitted to one of MSF’s Ebola management centers in Guinea. He received medical care there, but sadly passed away the following day. His funeral took place on August 21 in the presence of his family and the MSF team. Our colleague was working in MSF’s outreach team. His work included health promotion activities and responding to alerts of suspected cases in the community, and he did not have any duties inside the Ebola management center itself.

Our Liberian colleague, who was a Ministry of Health nurse working alongside MSF, was admitted to one of MSF’s Ebola management centers in Liberia on August 19. MSF’s doctors did their utmost to provide the best possible medical care, but tragically he passed away on August 23. Arrangements are currently being made for his funeral.

A thorough investigation is underway to determine how the staff members became ill.

We offer our sincere condolences to the families and friends of both our colleagues, who we will support through this difficult time.

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[News] - 25 | 08 | 2014 - Guinea - Liberia
It is with great sadness that MSF confirms that three of its members, a Guinean responsible for activities in the communities, a Liberian nurse and a Sierra Leonean nurse died.

Our colleague Guinea was admitted on August 19 in one of the treatment centers Ebola MSF in Guinea. Despite the care that was provided to him, he died the next day. His funeral took place on August 21 in the presence of his family and the MSF team. It was part of the outreach team of MSF, in charge of hygiene activities and management alerts for suspects in the communities. Our colleague was not working inside the treatment center Ebola.

For its part, our Liberian colleague, a nurse from the Ministry of Health who worked for MSF, was admitted in one of our centers Ebola treatment in Liberia on Aug. 19. MSF doctors did their best to provide the best possible medical care, but he died on August 23. His funeral is currently being organized.

Our colleague Sierra Leone was a nurse in one of our teams. He was admitted on August 24 in a treatment center Ebola MSF where he was supported by his colleagues who did their best to provide him with the best possible medical care. However, he died on August 25.

A full investigation is underway to determine how our members are sick.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of our two colleagues. We'll give them our support during this difficult time.

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Ebola: Eric's last walk
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Medical staff during the disinfection and undressing procedure after leaving the high-risk area of the case management centre in Foya, Liberia.
05.09.2014

“Ebola is real”, says Johnson-Boie to the residents of Yassadou, a small village of around 300 people, hidden in the forested highlands of northern Liberia. “And Ebola can kill you, just like it killed my big brother Eric”, he continues.

The crowd nods, cross-armed. The entire village has come to the concrete yard of the town hall. They have come to attend Eric’s funeral.

“Eric was a very strong guy just like our great-grandfather, a Sudanese warrior who came to Liberia”, says Johnson-Boie. “But not strong enough…”

Eric died fighting

Earlier that day Johnson-Boie visited the case management centre (CMC) in Foya where Ebola infected patients and Ebola suspected patients are treated by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

For the last time, Johnson-Boie wants to see the body of his 36-year-old brother before he is laid into his coffin. Prior to contracting the disease, Eric had been allocated by the Liberian Ministry of Health to work as head nurse in the CMC.

“He loved this job despite the risks”, Johnson-Boae says. “Eric was one of the first staff in all of Liberia that had been trained in dealing with Ebola patients”, says Washington, his colleague from the CMC. “He was very committed and hard working.”

As an experienced nurse, Eric’s death shook everybody in the CMC. “It will be more than a gap that he is leaving behind”, says Washington. “He was very caring, loving and social with the patients. He made them smile and encouraged them.”

Despite doctors and nurses trying everything they could, Eric died on 23rd August 2014. He died fighting this deadly disease, as roughly 100 other health workers have in West Africa since the outbreak.

It has been a tragic week. Eric is one of three of our colleagues who have passed away from Ebola in just six days. Momory Tolno, 38, a hygienist working in Guinea died on 20th August in Guékédou. On 26th August, 29-year-old Liberian nurse Ellie Morris died in Kailahun, Sierra Leone.
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An MSF member of staff in our Ebola case management centre in Monrovia, Liberia.
Photo: Caroline Van Nespen/MSF

“Let’s believe that Ebola is real”

As the MSF car carries Eric’s body from Foya to Yassadou, we pass by several villages. People stop, throw their hands above their heads and cry out loudly.

“They know what happened”, says Johnson-Boie. More and more motorbikes follow the car and soon a honking convoy makes its way over the bumpy road, surrounded by tall elephant grass. The closer we get to Yassadou, the stronger the grief becomes.

When we arrive at Eric’s resting place, we reach a climax. The entire village is upset; screaming and sobbing, some run around with their arms in the air. Some drop to the floor and writhe in the dust. These are images that burn into the brain.

The parish priest begins to pray: “God, may you help us to understand the concept of this terrible disease. We cannot do much for Eric anymore. He is in your arms now. May Eric rest in peace. Amen.”

He then turns to the residents of Yassadou: “What you can do now is protect yourself, because you can be cured. Let’s believe that Ebola is real.”
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Epidemiologist Michel Van Herp explains to the population in Gbando in Guinea what Ebola is and how to avoid transmission during the early stages of the outbreak in March 2014. Awareness is key in the fight against Ebola.
Photo: Roger Job

Avoiding further losses

Before the burial starts local MSF health promoter Baneth explains to the villagers what Ebola is. He also talks about its transmission routes, how to prevent sickness and what to do if anybody shows any symptoms.

Johnson-Boie becomes emotional. “Listen to this man”, he pleads to the people of Yassadou. “Eric was not infected in the hospital. Now we need to find out how and where it came from, to avoid more losses in our community.

“So much wrong information is spreading around in Liberia. Ebola is not airborne transmitted and salty water cannot prevent you from it. We don’t know where these false messages are coming from, but please stop believing them.”

In a touching speech he thanks MSF for their work and effort: “No words can express our gratitude for what you have done for Liberia”, he says. “We wish you could have been here during the first peak of the outbreak already.”

Women start chanting while MSF hygienists take Eric’s coffin out of the car. One member of staff ceaselessly sprays chlorine solution on the caretakers, their gloves and their boots.

Health promoter Baneth is guiding the caretakers step by step through the protocol of a safe burial to avoid any further risk of contamination.

Many metres away the men are staring at the MSF staff in their yellow plastic bodysuits, gloves and facial masks. Some are covering their mouths to protect themselves from the smell.

As the coffin is put slowly into the freshly dug earth, raindrops pour down. Johnson-Boie grabs a shovel and silently covers his brother’s grave with wet earth.

http://www.msf.org.uk/article/ebola-erics-last-walk

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