This is What Our Ebola Response Looks Like

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Photo Credit: Marcello Bonfanti

Photographer Marcello Bonfanti’s work was featured in a recent Vanity Fair Italy article detailing the surrounding issues of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone and how EMERGENCY has responded to the crisis. You can see the full gallery and read the article “The Ebola Survivors: ‘Now We Help Others'” by Tamara Ferrariin here (in Italian).
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Medical personnel at the end of their rounds undergoing the disinfectant procedure in ‘the red zone’ of the Center, before removing their protective clothing.
Photo credit: Marcello Bonfanti

“‘They’re afraid of being driven from their families and villages,’ say Luca Rolla and Sara Radighieri, coordinators of EMERGENCY‘s hospitals in Sierra Leone. When the epidemic arrived in the country, they were already here, ready to face it. ‘We were on alert since February, when we were the first cases in Liberia,’ says Sara, coordinator in Goderich. ‘Our Surgical Center is a point of referral for the whole country, accident victims and children arrive from all provinces and border areas. We were informed and had two tents set up for arriving patients.'”

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A man suspected of having Ebola waits for screening at EMERGENCY‘s First Aid Post in Waterloo, Sierra Leone Photo Credit: Marcello Bonfanti

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Luca Rolla, EMERGENCY‘s Medical Coordinator in Sierra Lone, performs screening of new patients at EMERGENCY‘s First Aid Post in Waterloo.
Photo Credit: Marcello Bonfanti

 

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Gino Strada and Antonio Di Caro, director of the department of microbiology of Spallanzani Institute in Rome, at the laboratory of our Ebola Treatment Center in Goderich.
Photo Credit: Marcello Bonfanti

“Another survivor, Monjama Moussa, 25, donated her blood which contributed to the recovery of Fabrizio, EMERGENCY‘s Italian doctor. ‘I got infected by buying coal from a patient in Kenema. When I recovered, neither my husband nor my neighbors wanted me to come home. So, I went back to the hospital. Now I clean the wards.'”

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Medical personnel at the end of their rounds undergoing the disinfectant procedure in ‘the red zone’ of the Center before removing their protective clothing.
Photo Credit: Marcello Bonfanti

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Our Ebola Treatment Center in Goderich
Photo Credit: Marcello Bonfanti

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Our Ebola Treatment Center in Goderich
Photo Credit: Marcello Bonfanti


To help more people like Monjama survive and live to help others with Ebola, click here to donate now. 

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