Red Cross played major role in fighting Ebola
Red Cross played major role in fighting Ebola Red Cross volunteers potentially averted more than 10,000 cases of Ebola during the 2013–2016 West African outbreak, according to a recent study in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. The study measured the impact of safe and dignified burial (SDB) teams and the role of community health workers during the Ebola outbreak, during which Red Cross teams in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone took on the dangerous and crucial task of safely burying people who had died of Ebola. One Sierra Leone Red Cross Society volunteer, Alpha Sesay, recalls how people called them ‘the Ebola boys’ and often treated them harshly. “Those Ebola boys are coming!” Sesay recalls them saying.
“It was not really easy for us.” Meanwhile, the experience of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in responding to Ebola was one reason that an outbreak in May 2017,which took the lives of at least four people, was contained within only two months. “The Red Cross has responded to all past Ebola outbreaks in the country and has a strong network of experts,” said Grégoire Mateso, president of the Red Cross of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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