As Ebola vaccine trials near, raising awareness in Sierra Leone is next task

January 20, 2015 7:26 PM

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As Ebola vaccine trials near, raising awareness in Sierra Leone is next task

Magnus Conteh grew up in Sierra Leone, but when he returned to his home country in November after living in Europe for 25 years, the grim headlines hinting at Ebola’s devastation in West Africa took on a jarring form of reality.

Gone were the social norms of the Sierra Leoneans that Conteh grew up knowing well— the hugging and the shaking of hands— as well as the country’s vibrant economy, which for two years prior to the outbreak had been one of the fastest-growing in the world. The streets were empty; the schools were clo...

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