Ebola diary: ‘There are reports of people disappearing into the forest to die’

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/dec/09/-sp-ebola-reports-of-people-disappearing-forest-die
Day two

Sierra Leone has its first-ever call centre. The number to reach it is 117.

It’s a tough one, because that call leads to quarantined homes and holding centres for people with suspected Ebola, where people who do have the virus are sharing rooms with those who eventually turn out to have something else. There’s a real possibility you could go in with malaria and pick up Ebola. It is in the public interest that you make that call. But it is hardly surprising if some people hesitate and others run and hide.

In the offices of the British Council, which like so many other public buildings in Freetown has been commandeered in wartime fashion for the campaign against the deadly enemy within, is Victoria Parkinson of the Africa Governance Initiative, set up by Tony Blair. It has for some years been supplying advisers to the governments of six countries, including all three now devastated by Ebola – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

MSF has great experience, having responded to every previous Ebola epidemic in Africa.

They are afraid they will be taken away to treatment centres and never see their families again. There are reports of people disappearing into the forest because they’d rather die with their family than be taken into a treatment site.”

Africa Governance Initiative
http://www.africagovernance.org/africa/index/
AGI works in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal at present, with new countries on the horizon. We work at two levels: At the political leadership level, Tony Blair draws on his ten years as Prime Minister to offer leaders the kind of advice on reform that only someone who has stood in a leader’s shoes can give. At the same time our teams, based permanently in each country, work shoulder-to-shoulder with counterparts to put in place the ‘nuts and bolts’ needed to get things done

Note: This is the same Tony Blair still lying about the Iraq war and the reasons the west invaded, destroyed and poisoned Iraq with depleted uranium weapons. Tony Blair as the Middle East envoy has brought peace and stability to the region!

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