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Local efforts against Ebola earn global accolade

23 June 2015, 15:10Okoro Chinedu

Lagos – Medicins Sans Frontières, the medical humanitarian organisation, has hailed the international award it received for its life-saving work in combating the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.

The international organisation, also known as Doctors Without Borders, has been awarded the Chatham House Prize 2015 for its role in containing the outbreak.

The annual Chatham House Prize, launched in 2005, is awarded to the person or organization that is deemed by Chatham House members to have made the most significant contribution to the improvement of international relations in the previous year.

“I am honoured that MSF will be the recipient of this year’s Chatham House Prize and I look forward to accepting this award on behalf of the thousands of people who worked in the Ebola outbreak,” Dr Joanne Liu, International President of MSF, said.

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He said this included the doctors, nurses and logisticians who volunteered from around the world, and the thousands more national staff in Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria and Sierra Leone who made MSF’s work possible.

“Knowing that they did this while coping with the fear of Ebola in their communities and in the face of incredible stigma makes their contribution even more remarkable.”

Liu said while MSF continued to work on the ground, its focus was also trying to ensure that next time there was an outbreak, that patients got the care and treatment they needed, on time, before it spread and turned into a killer epidemic.

“But we all still have a long way to go and it is important that we work together to respond to these challenges and opportunities,” said Liu.

Nigeria was among the countries worst affected by the Ebola outbreak last year.

At least seven people died from 20 cases reported.

- CAJ News

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