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WHO’s “Ebola Diaries” Series Recounts 2014 Outbreak
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently launched the “Ebola diaries,” a series of articles describing the experiences of people working on the front lines of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. WHO intends for the series to cover events from the initial detection of the outbreak to the time when Ebola cases began to decline—from March 2014 to February 2015. As of early June, more than 10 articles were already published on WHO’s website, including one installment that recounts the experience of infection prevention and control expert Dr. Cota Vallenas. The article, “Changing Health Worker Culture,” focuses on Vallenas’ deployment to West Africa, where she trained healthcare workers in infection control and the proper use of personal protective equipment.