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Doctors Without Borders: What We Need To Contain Ebola : Goats and Soda : NPR


“Right now the only thing we’re facing is fear,” she says. “Fear is normal when you don’t understand what is going on.”To eliminate that fear, the agency not only needs more funding but also more volunteers to talk to the community. “We need people who are going to go and … talk to the elders, talk to the religious leaders and tell them about Ebola,” she says. “[To] mobilize the population and make them understand what is going on.”She adds that MSF is also looking for volunteers to find out how many cases are in each village. “Right now we don’t have a full picture of the magnitude of the epidemic,” she says.Enlisting help from the international community hasn’t been easy. “NGOs that I used to see in some other crises, like after the Haiti earthquake or even in [Central African Republic] or South Sudan, are not present right now in Western Africa.”That’s why Liu’s on a tour, speaking to U.N. leaders and NGOs about how they can help. “There is some reluctance, I guess,” she says. “Everybody has to overcome their own fear before coming to the field.” via Doctors Without Borders : NPR

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