This dedicated, hardworking team are fighting disease in our projects in Ethiopia. But they aren't medics...
I’ve been here in Aweil, South Sudan, for nearly two weeks. Somehow, it feels like much longer. Not in a bad way, just that the days start to blend into each other easily, especially when you work nearly every day and see the same people every day.
"I stood there and listened and the more that I listened, the more that he began to share."
West Africa is just emerging from the most devastating outbreak of Ebola the world has ever witnessed. It truly is a tragedy of unknown proportions with many deaths remaining unaccounted for and many survivors still struggling for survival in communities where medical and other aid cannot reach.
This has been especially trying for Sierra Leoneans, who are trying to rebuild their lives after decades of suffering from repeated disease outbreaks and a brutal civil war between 1991-2002, the scars of which are still evident today.
The job market in Liberia is bad and work is difficult to find even though the civil war has been over for almost 10 years. With the emergence of Ebola, many employers packed up and left the country, leaving additional people unemployed. Even healthcare workers are struggling since the clinics and hospitals are either closed or offer very limited services.