Surviving Ebola: What It Means for One Man

October 24, 2014 7:18 PM

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It was another busy morning of meetings and presentations at the Incident Management Team meeting in Monrovia. The conference room on the third floor of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Congotown was full -- standing room only, no one else was allowed in. All uninvited guests and non-members were asked to leave. This was a closed meeting for the technical team. Partner organizations, including national and International nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) were invited to the open meetings on Fridays, not this one. Many did not welcome the decision, yet they had to comply. Since August 16th, I had been working in an advisory capacity with the Incident Management Team (IMT), which coordinates the various components of the Incident Management System (IMS), the authorized coordinating arm of Liberia's Ebola Response. This was August 25, 2014.

What was significant about this day for me was the report about Ebola survivors. Rev. John Sumo, who heads the Psychosocial Component of the Incident Management Team, reported that there were 60 survivors and they wanted to establish the Ebola Survivors Network, to promote awareness and gain support...

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