‘Ebola fighters’ — Person of the Year
Time magazine has named its Person of the Year, but in fact it’s a whole group of people: those helping to fight the Ebola virus
‘Ebola fighters’ — Person of the YearThe special issue features five separate covers, each telling the story of what it calls an ‘Ebola fighter’ working in West Africa. Time Editor Nancy Gibbs wrote: ‘2014 is the year an outbreak turned into an epidemic… It reached crowded slums in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone; it travelled to Nigeria and Mali, to Spain, Germany and the USA. It struck doctors and nurses in unprecedented numbers, wiping out a public-health infrastructure that was weak in the first place…. Anyone willing to treat Ebola victims ran the risk of becoming one… Governments weren’t equipped to respond; the World Health Organisation was in denial and snarled in red tape’.
The five featured workers are: 1. Dr. Jerry Brown, 46, medical director and surgeon in Monrovia, Liberia. 2. Salome Karwah, 26, caregiver at the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinic in Monrovia. 3. Foday Gallah, 37, ambulance supervisor in Monrovia. 4. Ella Watson-Stryker, 34, health promoter with MSF. 5. Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, physician with Samaritan’s Purse.