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In an epidemic of this size, the ‘i’ of EPIET is what it’s all about:
• the ‘i’ of «intervention», supporting the Ebola outbreak response,
• the ‘i’ in « field », as a fellow in Guinea mobilised through the WHO Global Outbreak Alert and Response network, thanks to my ‘super’visors in Ireland. These first days in the field made me understand that small things can make a big difference. The challenge in such interventions can be as small as making sure that there are batteries in the new thermoflash non-contact thermometer that you bring to a community agent in a remote village that’s newly affected by Ebola. An African proverb would simply summarize it as: “if you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
Since mid-September, Kindia prefecture has reported about 50 cases of Ebola virus disease, half of which were community deaths.