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Fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone: a view from the frontline
  1. Stephen Owens1,
  2. Thomas Leyland2
  1. 1Department of Child Health, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, North Shields, UK
  2. 2Save The Children, Kerry Town Ebola Treatment Centre, Kerry Town, Sierra Leone
  1. Correspondence to Dr Stephen Owens, Department of Child Health, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, North Shields, NE29 8NH, UK; sowens3{at}mac.com

Abstract

The largest and most complex Ebola epidemic in history is believed to have started with the infection of a 2-year-old boy in South-eastern Guinea in late 2013. Within a year, thousands of children and their families had contracted the virus, many had died and many more were orphaned. We reflect on our experiences of volunteering at the Kerry Town Ebola Treatment Centre in Sierra Leone between January and February 2015, where we were deployed to care for just a few of these children as part of the Save The Children team.

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Tropical Inf Dis
  • Tropical Paediatrics

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