So my mission has come to an end… sort of anyway. I leave Monrovia in the morning and then I begin the 21 day waiting game to see if I caught Ebola.
Every mission is unique and this one was no exception. The main project during my time here was the distribution of anti-malarial medications which had an important goal of treating malaria and keeping people out of Ebola centers by decreasing the number of people with fevers. The pharmacy team played an important role in making that happen and that felt good. This was also an opportunity for me personally to start an MSF pharmacy including the various tools such as the computer program to track supply.
For me the best part was the Liberian people. I found them to be friendly, helpful and hard working. When they heard my mission was ending their first question is “when will you be back?” I had a little party for the team and they bought me some beautiful gifts of Africa dresses, sandals and jewelry. I was overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of the team.
So I’m heading into my 21 days of monitoring post-mission. I’ll monitor my temperature twice daily, watch for signs and symptoms of Ebola, stay within 4 hours of an approved hospital, and continue my malaria prophylaxis. After those 21 days my mission truly ends and I can return to a normal life without worrying about Ebola. I suspect that will feel a bit freeing.