Challenges and Stressors facing Clinicians returning from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Investigator: Liza Dernhel, MS
Sponsor: Global Health Sciences Education

Location(s): Guinea; Liberia; Sierra Leone


In 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Ebola to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. As of July 2015, Ebola has claimed over 11,000 lives. It is estimated that 509 health workers died in this latest epidemic, with an additional 360 infected. The majority of health professionals who died were local providers in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. Due to burdened healthcare systems in this region, several thousand international healthcare professionals deployed to help in the outbreak. Given the difficulty of these deployments, this study aimed to explore the experience of humanitarian response in an outbreak and identify stressors placed on healthcare workers.