Ebola Response

After Ebola – A Survivor Builds a Stronger Sierra Leone

By Nicholas Bishop                                                                                                             

Gibril Kamara, 38, is a survivor of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, the region’s worst affected country. Since December 2014 he has taken on a new role as a simulated patient trainer at the IOM managed National Training Academy for Frontline Ebola Practitioners in Freetown. Approximately 300 national and foreign health care workers are trained at the Academy every week by a team of 30 IOM trainers. Mr. Kamara and his fellow survivor’s work is crucial to providing a realistic training experience.

Beating the Odds to Survive Ebola in Liberia

By Sandra Tumwesigye

For fifteen years Morris Sirleaf was happily married to Josephine*, the mother of his five children. Together, they ran a small shop and a farm in Suehn Mecca district’s Georgemore Town. Each week Josephine travelled to Paynesville in Monrovia, to buy goods and restock their shop. In October 2014, Morris’ wife died on her way to Monrovia for treatment. She had been ill for a week.

Meet Sia: A Health Worker and Survivor Caring for Ebola Patients

By Sandra Tumwesigye

When Sia Tamba spent days treating, feeding and bathing her friend and fellow nurse, she never expected to soon be staring death in the face. Within a few days, Sia had lost a friend and tested positive for Ebola. After two weeks of treatment, she was declared an Ebola survivor.

Stopping Ebola in the Nexus of Human Mobility: Borders

By Agyedho Adwok Nyaba

Before joining IOM in October last year, I was busy travelling between Ethiopia and Kenya. My first encounter with Ebola beside the media messaging was at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya.  Upon my arrival from South Sudan, we were subjected to health screening.

Responding to Ebola Crisis Affecting Potential Movement of Populations is Our Concern

Agnès Matha interviews Carmela Godeau, IOM’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa

IOM responds to crises affecting movement or potential movement of populations and the 2014 Ebola epidemic, the largest in history according to the CDC, is affecting multiple closely linked countries in West Africa.  The extensive movement of people within and across the borders of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone has facilitated the rapid spread of the infection across and within the three countries.  The homogeneous ethnic population that lives along the border areas has common socio-cultural activities that enhance viral transmission, e.g., visiting sick relatives or attending to burial ceremonies of relatives across the border. In addition, the cross border movements have complicated tracking and follow up of contacts. The tradition that people should be buried where they were born has been a driver of cross border movements and transmission of the disease.