Why Ebola can and must be stopped in Mali
bridgesfrombamako – le blog de Bruce Whitehouse – 23.12.2014
To bring us up to date on efforts to contain Malis Ebola outbreak, here is a post from a guest blogger who recently concluded a visit to Bamako where he observed the ongoing public health campaign by various international, governmental, and non-governmental organizations, including the one he manages.
By Kris Ansin, Executive Director of the Mali Health Organizing Project, Cambridge/Bamako.
Almost every restaurant, bar, and hotel in Bamako currently has a professional greeter, responsible for distributing squirts of hand sanitizer, ensuring any entrant washes their hands from a newly installed tap, and checking the temperature of every person through the doors with an infrared no-touch thermometer, held an inch away from ones temple. On the streets, billboards, fliers, and a loudspeaker-mounted vehicle announce Ebola education and prevention messaging, while fact and rumor twist through communities and whispers.