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The Fight Against Ebola: "Boots On The Ground" In West Africa

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa (which now accounts for 4,000 deaths worldwide) began in Guinea in December 2013. From there, it quickly spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Cases also appeared in Senegal and Nigeria, and a separate outbreak appeared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Today, Liberia lies is at the center of the epidemic . As President Barack Obama sends American military personnel to West Africa to help combat the epidemic, VICE News traveled to the Liberian capital of Monrovia to spend time with those on the front lines of the outbreak... the scenes are disturbing.

 

The Fight Against Ebola (Part 1)

In Part 1, we meet confused and distressed people trying to receive treatment in the increasingly chaotic city, and speak to an ambulance driver doing his best to aid the sick.

 

The Fight Against Ebola (Part 2)

In Part 2 of The Fight Against Ebola, VICE News heads to Liberia's West Point neighborhood. Through the lens of Ebola awareness teams working there, we learn about one of the main issues that is perpetuating the outbreak — confusion about the virus itself. We also follow a citizen body retrieval team tasked with the important work of responsibly and safely burying corpses.

 

The Fight Against Ebola (Part 3)

In Part 3 of The Fight Against Ebola, we return to Redemption Hospital in Monrovia and speak with Mohammed Sankoh, the director of the facility, which started as a holding center for patients but has since turned into a de facto treatment center. We also visit a nearby Doctors Without Borders (MSF) facility and learn about the challenges foreign healthcare workers face as they help manage the crisis.