Response to the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone
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Response to the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone

Beauty Chiedza Davies Army nurse, 22 Field Hospital, Normandy Barracks, Aldershot, England
Douglas Bowley Army surgeon, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, England
Katrina Roper Technical officer for bio-safety, World Health Organization, Freetown, Sierra Leone

The Ebola outbreak in 2014 marked the first time that an epidemic of this viral haemorrhagic fever had occurred in West Africa. From its origin in Guinea, the outbreak rapidly increased to become a humanitarian crisis affecting all aspects of life in the three countries worst affected: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Improving understanding of Ebola virus disease among the general population and instigating the behavioural changes required to help break the epidemic were central to the public health response. This article explores some of the misconceptions about Ebola as it spread into Sierra Leonean communities, and the social mobilisation response of the government of Sierra Leone. It is a reflective account of conversations with Sierra Leonean nationals during a military deployment at the International Security Advisory Team headquarters medical treatment facility in Freetown.

Nursing Standard. 29, 26,37-41. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.26.37.e9837

Correspondence

doug.bowley@heartofengland.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 05 December 2014

Accepted: 09 January 2015