LIBERIA, 2015 ( Op­po­site, left)

Men's Style (Australia) - - Feature -

“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.”

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