#Ebola: Personal perspectives from the workers fighting on the front line in Sierre Leone and Liberia
Introduction: The International Medical Corps have sent Emergency Response teams to the outbreak of Ebola in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Their teams care for patients, operate Ebola treatment centres and implement training programs.
The returning volunteers can share their real experiences at Stanford Medicine X to help other healthcare professionals and businesses learn from this epidemic and be better prepared for the next epidemic. In a “talk show” style round-table event the volunteers can give a view point that is under represented by the media once the interest in an epidemic passes. These volunteers can help other healthcare professionals and businesses learn from this crisis and be better prepared for the next major disease outbreak.
The Hidden Ebola Deaths
The epidemic might have claimed many lives but it has also crippled the already weak infrastructure of the medical services in these countries. As a result these areas are in dire need of sustained primary care.
People are dying from non-serious conditions such as appendicitis, which could have been easily treated. Fear of contracting the disease, both from professionals and patients, has led to complications during pregnancy going untreated and a decrease in paediatric vaccinations. We will hear from health professionals who have experienced these problems first hand and hear what they think can be done to overcome this overwhelming issue.
Interest to Stanford Medicine X:
Epidemics can occur anywhere. The lessons learned from the Ebola crisis will help inform healthcare professionals, pharmaceutical companies and technology companies.
The centre of any humanitarian crisis is the people. This session will be patient centred, hearing from Ebola survivors and volunteers who have experienced the Ebola outbreak first-hand.
The opportunity to hear first-hand accounts from volunteers and survivors will give the audience insight into what the situation is like on the ground in West Africa. Their opinions on what is needed going forward are taken from their own experiences on the front-line fighting the emergency.
The insights provided by this talk will show the necessity for devices, apps and new technology to battle epidemics like Ebola.
Five speakers interviewed “talk show style” by moderator. Fifteen to twenty minutes will be provided for audience questions and answers.