LIBERIA, 2015 ( Opposite, left)
“This image was taken at the Logan Town Clinic, in Monrovia, Liberia, in the early months of 2015. Ten months prior, a taxi had dropped off a man dying of Ebola one evening in June 2014. Workers had no protective suits – only a few pairs of faded gloves and a shaky grasp of infection control. They examined the patient by candlelight and washed their hands in buckets. That single case set off a chain of contagion that killed six of the clinic’s 29 employees and at least nine of their relatives.
“I was back in Liberia after having covered Ebola for over 100 days the year before in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. I had covered the devastating effects of the virus ravaging through West Africa. According to WHO, there was a total of 28,616 Ebola cases that had been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with 11,310 deaths. Months on, there was a sense of hope as schools were about to reopen and life was slowly coming back to normal. Liberia was about to be declared Ebola-free.
“The clinic’s medical staff now had a triage room that was prepared in diagnosing patients with Ebola, something they were not at all prepared for 10 months prior.
“This image was taken inside of the triage room, just outside the clinic, as one of the patients was being screened before entering. This image gave me hope that the country was more prepared than it had been a year ago and symbolic of Liberia’s readiness to do battle if there was a new outbreak.”