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Full article available in Humanitarian Practice Network

The Research Unit on Humanitarian Stakes and Practices (UREPH) is pleased to announce the publication of the article "Ebola healthcare workers: a hazardous and isolating job" by Marc Poncin, published in The Humanitarian Space of the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN).

As of the 31st of March 2015, 418 out of 815 infected health care workers had died from the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to a recent WHO report. 217 recovered and the fate of the remaining 181 is unknown. These figures alone attest to the heavy price paid by medical staff responding to the crisis. In addition to the high risk of contamination, healthcare workers have regularly faced rejection by the communities they sought to help, which has sometimes led to direct violence, as well as stigma and social ostracism.

Marc Poncin (PhD Biophysics) is working for the “Research Unit on Humanitarian Stakes and Practices” of the Swiss section of ‘Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF). He was the coordinator for MSF in response to Ebola outbreaks in Bundibugyo (Uganda) in 2007-2008, and in Guinea from April to December 2014.

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