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The Politics of FearMédecins sans Frontières and the West African Ebola Epidemic$
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Michiel Hofman and Sokhieng Au

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190624477

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190624477.001.0001

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Children in the Ebola Treatment Centers

Children in the Ebola Treatment Centers

(p.202) Vignette 3 Children in the Ebola Treatment Centers
The Politics of Fear

Allie Tua Lappia

Patricia Carrick

Oxford University Press

The cruelty of the Ebola epidemic struck perhaps hardest at parents and their children. Parents and children were often separated from one another in the Ebola treatment centers by the need to isolate infected patients from those who were uninfected or whose status remained uncertain. Family members sometimes died isolated from one another, children uncomforted in their loneliness. The necessary isolation of children from those family members who loved and looked after them also created heartbreaking practical and ethical dilemmas for the professional caregivers in the treatment centers, few of whom had ever faced circumstances like those encountered during this epidemic. This vignette relates a few of the individual stories that, together with thousands of other untold stories, formed the human tragedy of Ebola in West Africa.

Keywords:   children, Ebola, epidemic, families, isolation, ethical dilemmas, West Africa

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