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Ebola response in Sierra Leone: The impact on children

Fitzgerald, F; Awonuga, W; Shah, T; Youkee, D; (2016) Ebola response in Sierra Leone: The impact on children. Journal of Infection , 72 S6-S12. 10.1016/j.jinf.2016.04.016. Green open access

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Abstract

The West African Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak is the largest ever seen, with over 28,000 cases and 11,300 deaths since early 2014. The magnitude of the outbreak has tested fragile governmental health systems and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to their limit. Here we discuss the outbreak in the Western Area of Sierra Leone, the shape of the local response and the impact the response had on caring for children suspected of having contracted EVD. Challenges encountered in providing clinical care to children whilst working in the “Red Zone” where risk of EVD is considered to be highest, wearing full personal protective equipment are detailed. Suggestions and recommendations both for further research and for operational improvement in the future are made, with particular reference as to how a response could be more child-focused.

Type: Article
Title: Ebola response in Sierra Leone: The impact on children
Location: St Catherines Coll, Oxford, ENGLAND
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jinf.2016.04.016
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jinf.2016.04.016
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of The British Infection Association. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Infectious Diseases, Ebola virus disease, Children, Paediatrics, Viral haemorrhagic fever, VIRUS-DISEASE, HEMORRHAGIC-FEVER, CASE-MANAGEMENT, EPIDEMIC, FREETOWN, OUTBREAK, FEATURES, GUINEA, FIELD, RISK
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Infection, Immunity and Inflammation Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1508311
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