Ebola survivors have an abundance of medical and psychological problems: musculoskeletal conditions that cause joint stiffness; ocular conditions that can lead to cataracts and blindness; anxiety disorders, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder—to name a few—all of which require specialized medical care. More resources need to be directed to helping survivors get appropriate health care and mental health services.
The 2014 Ebola outbreak badly damaged Liberia’s health system, leaving only 44% of health facilities throughout the country functioning in its wake. In a new blog, The Maternal and Child Survival Program’s Kelly Dale and Rose Macauley explain what is being done to restore confidence among Liberians in the country’s health system.
One month after new Ebola cases re-emerged in Liberia, Dr. Rose Macauley reflects on the next steps needed to continue rebuilding the country’s health system.