Following Public Health England’s appeal to recruit volunteers for UK funded diagnostic laboratories in Sierra Leone, a number of Biomedical Scientists from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust’s Pathology Department have stepped up to the challenge.
The laboratories in Sierra Leone are essential in helping to speed up the time taken to identify, isolate and treat infected patients. They are funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), managed by Public Health England (PHE) and staffed by volunteers from PHE and other organisations. The laboratories provide critical support for the new UK Ebola Treatment Centres in Sierra Leone and are helping to stop the spread of Ebola across the country.
The volunteers undergo a 2-3 week pre-deployment process which includes training and pre-travel vaccinations before being deployed for a 4 to 6 week period.
Liliana De Carvalho is the first volunteer from the Infection and Immunity Sciences Department at Imperial to travel to Sierra Leone to work in the PHE laboratories supporting the Ebola crisis.
Liliana (4th from right) with the team of volunteers in Sierra Leone.
Additional volunteers from Infection and Immunity Sciences who have applied and are awaiting dates for deployment include David Anti, Ray Ofori, Lisa Simmonds, Maxwell Al-Hassan, Nita Fatania, Victoria Heath and Priscilla Neto.
For further information see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ebola-call-for-volunteers-to-staff-laboratories-in-sierra-leone