Dubbed the “Ebola fighters,” they were awarded this honor “for tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving.”
Organizations like Doctors Without Borders and Samaritan’s Purse solicited volunteers from across the globe to travel to West Africa to provide medical assistance, but many of the first-responders were community clinicians and Ebola survivors who witnessed the horrific nature of the virus from the start.
In the piece below from BU Today, we learn about one of these Ebola fighters, Nahid Bhadelia, who traveled to Sierra Leone during the Ebola epidemic's peak.
According to the article, "Bhadelia went there to share her expertise on infection control and to help care for patients infected with the virus."
Learn more about Bhadelia's experience in the article below. Also, if you have an Ebola response story of your own, Infectious Disease Advisor would love to hear from you. Just email your story to our digital content editor, at [email protected]
Last August, Nahid Bhadelia traveled to Sierra Leone during the Ebola epidemic’s peak, hermetically clad in the protective spacesuit-like gear of a biosafety level 4 researcher. Funded by the World Health Organization (WHO), Bhadelia went there to share her expertise on infection control and to help care for patients infected with the virus.