The Ebola service provides in-country support for Sierra Leonean colleagues.
Many of the local health workers have lost colleagues, experienced stigma and been ostracised from their communities, we talk directly with the healthcare workers about their needs. We work together with a wide range of organisations and professions including Sierra Leonean agencies, social anthropologists and non-governmental organisations to map existing resources and projects that offer psychological support to health workers across the country.
We aim to identify culturally appropriate, effective and sustainable ways to meet these psychological needs, and also to develop and pilot small scale projects to scale up the most useful of these.
There may be opportunities for psychologists and psychotherapists volunteering through the Ebola Service to become directly involved with the in-country development work.