“Dear Foreign Doctors – excellent German language skills in the hospital are mandatory”

January 29th, 2015

The introduction of the C1 German Language level certificate will soon be mandatory in all of Germany for all foreign doctors that wish to start a medical career in any German state. It’s important to master the language inside the hospital so that there is no room for misunderstandings.

“A young Greek doctor is sitting in an examination room in front of the German Medical Authorities.- Like for so many other foreign doctors, this examination determines if he will be granted the right to practice medicine in Germany or not.

The young doctors is a bit nervous and and he is franticly checking his notes as he starts to describe his patients conditions.

-  „38 Punkt 5 Fieber“ (38.5 Fever). – utters the young doctor.

The examiner listens carefully and explains that in Germany, the temperature is expressed using a comma not a dot and that such tiny mistakes can lead to a big misunderstanding inside the hospital.”

During the examination for the right to practice medicine in Germany (Approbation) the candidates’ medical language skills are put to the test. “It’s not enough to know the everyday German language. Candidates must be able to understand and explain medical cases with ease in medical terms”

Obtaining the “Approbation” means the difference between getting to start a medical career in Germany or not.

More importantly one can not apply for the “Approbation” without having first an offer of employment from a hospital in Germany.

If you don’t pass the examination the hospital might not be eager to wait for you to take the exam again….

We know this seemns like a lot of pressure but you dont have to do it by your self – www.MeJobs.eu 

 

Denmark’s idyllic countryside

January 27th, 2015

Well-known for its cosmopolitan capital, cutting edge contemporary design and the timeless fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark’s stunning coastlines and rolling countryside must be equally revered.

With mile upon mile of pristine coastline complemented by an unspoiled interior of forests, heaths and rolling farmland, the Danes love nothing more than getting out into the heart of their beautiful countryside. Visitors can also easily follow suit by making a leisurely exploration along one of the many designated, long-distance touring trails – ideal for exploring on foot, by bike or on an unhurried drive along picturesque country lanes.

Spoiled for choice when it comes to touring itineraries, visitors looking to travel under their own steam, for example, can walk or cycle sections of the Hærvej, or ‘Army Way’, which traces what was for centuries the main transportation route through the Jutland peninsular. Linking a whole network of paths, it forms a 250km trail along the backbone of the country, from the town of Viborg in north-central Jutland all the way south to the German border and beyond. With well-maintained walking and cycling trails established along this historic route, it follows a ridge that affords some of the most spectacular views in Denmark.

Dotted with interesting sights – including breathtaking natural scenery, historic fortifications, ancient burial mounds and plenty of Viking history – visitors can put their best foot forward discovering these at their own pace. Marking a start to the Hærvej, the imposing Viborg Cathedral, one of the largest granite churches in northern Europe whose two towers dominate the skyline, is a definite highlight. From here, the path continues south across the wild, open heaths of Kongenshus Hede and on through the outstanding natural beauty of Egtved, known for its windmills, watermills and Bronze Age relics from the grave of the Egtved Girl – which include some incredibly well-preserved burial objects dating from around 1370BC. Another unmissable historic attraction is Jelling, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s home to a huge, ship-shaped stone circle that was created in the 10th Century by the Viking Kings Gorm the Old and Harold Bluetooth. More recent history can be found at the Frøslev Camp Museum, a well-preserved World War II prison camp that once interred political prisoners and members of the Danish Resistance. There are also a good number of interesting detours to be made from the Hærvej, such as a visit to the sources of Denmark’s longest (the Gudenå) and its largest (Skjernå) rivers, which rise just a few hundred metres apart but then flow in opposite directions towards the east and west coasts respectively, creating their own attractions.

Runic stones in Jelling Denmark

Visitors preferring a less energetic means of travel can instead opt for one of the driving tours such as the Margueritruten, a scenic route that passes through spectacular countryside on its way past more than 200 of Denmark’s most popular attractions. Marked by characteristic marguerite (daisy) road-signs, this winding 3,600km route takes in the cities of Copenhagen, Odense and Aalborg as it wends its way through Zealand, Funen and on through central and northern Jutland, exploring some of the country’s most remote corners. Cleverly following an extremely well-planned network of roads, the trail ensures drivers never see the same view twice. Although designated as a driving route, following such quiet roads makes it equally well suited to touring by bike.

The Marguerite Route also takes full advantage of Denmark’s stunning coastline passing along the west coast and providing visitors with an opportunity to discover the Wadden Sea, one of Denmark’s most ecologically important areas. Depending on the time of year, visitors to this vast intertidal area can encounter some incredible wildlife spectacles. In the spring and autumn, the mudflats provide an important stopover site over ten million migrating shorebirds, which pause on the food-rich alluvium to refuel before continuing their epic journeys. The transitional months are also the time to witness the phenomenon of the Black Sun, when huge flocks of starlings swirl across the dusk sky with their amazing aerobatic displays presenting a truly mesmerising sight. In summer, seal safaris operate from Esbjerg Harbour, with sightings of spotted seals being virtually guaranteed. Then from October to April, guided walks across the tidal flats give visitors the chance to forage for fresh oysters, which can be harvested in large numbers all across the area.

Another interesting spot along the West Jutland coast is Ringkøbing Fjord, an area of outstanding natural beauty that’s known in particular for its watersports. Windsurfers are especially well catered for here, but there are also plenty of opportunities for other activities like canoeing, angling or simply taking a refreshing dip. Nearby Nymindegab Kro offers an interesting place to stay; this traditional Danish inn is perched high on the dunes overlooking the North Sea and is the perfect place for exploring the surrounds or tucking into delicious local dishes. Further north, the route passes through Thy National Park, allowing visitors a chance to discover nature in the raw in this extensive area of dunes, forests and heaths including the wetland reserve of Vejlerne – the largest bird sanctuary in northern Europe and home to all kinds of rare and unusual flora and fauna.

Away from the coast, other highlights along the Marguerite Route include the fairytale forest of Rold Skov. At 80 km², this is Denmark’s largest forest and home to ancient trees, crystal-clear lakes and rare wild orchids. More natural beauty can be found at Rebild Bakker, a famously picturesque area of woods, gorges and valleys,  and Mols Bjerge National Park, which occupies an area of rolling hills and wildflower-rich meadows on the Djursland peninsula. Closer to Aalborg, Denmark’s third largest city, lies Lindholm Høje, home to Scandinavia’s largest Viking burial ground with more than 700 well-preserved graves. Also of historical interest is Koldinghus Castle, Jutland’s oldest royal castle and home to an extensive art collection. Another interesting place to visit is the pretty town of Vejle, which is so well-loved by the Danes that it’s been labelled ‘Denmark’s cosiest town’. Just outside Vejle lies the recently-created Kongens Kær wetland park, complete with nature trails and picnic areas – another perfect place for visitors to pause on their journey and reflect on the pleasures of day touring, Danish-style.

Whether walking, riding or driving, Denmark’s numerous touring routes and trails offer the perfect path to a relaxing holiday.

We at EGV Recruiting currently have positions available for doctors willing to work in Denmark! Check out our offer here:

http://www.mejobs.eu/en/ofertedk.html

 

 

Source of the article here: http://www.visitdenmark.co.uk/

New Year’s resolution

January 5th, 2015

On new year’s eve, it’s a common tradition to take a step back, look at all your accomplishments over the past year and think about what you are proud of and what you would have done different.

The next step is obvious, you will state loud and clear: “This year will be better, this year I will change for the better, this year I will accomplish …”.

 But …. change comes from within! And in order to change things for the better one must make a plan and take action according to the plan.

Most studies regarding new year’s resolutions state that the most common things that people wish from the coming year is to: go to the gym, quit smoking and to quit drinking.

But also high on the new year’s resolution list there are also the following resolutions:

  1. Getting a better job
  2. Quitting the actual job
  3. Moving abroad and starting a new life abroad
  4. Being more organized
  5. Spending more time with loved ones

Usually, these above listed resolutions are linked to a certain emotion – lack of satisfaction.

One wants a better job because he is not satisfied with the current job, maybe because of payment issues maybe because of personal issues. And so he would like to quit the current job for a position that would satisfy his expectations.

Moving abroad can also be tied down to the feeling of not being satisfied with your current condition in your home country.

The recognition of not being organized can have more meanings but it’s mostly tied to the fact that one wants to live a more predictable life and escape the chaos of the current day to day life.

The need to be closer to the people you love is understandable, and working from 9 to 5 with often overtime and maybe even shifts can make a person feel like he is drifting away from close friends and even worse, from family.

Ho to keep your new year’s resolution guide:

  1. Set short-term goals for long-term results.
  2. Make your resolution about the journey, not the outcome.
  3. Schedule time for your resolution.
  4. Employ the buddy system.
  5. State your goals.
  6. Keep Records of your progress
  7. Celebrate little victories.
  8. Reassess your resolutions.
  9. Don’t give up so easily!

 

And remember! There are also people that can help you keep your resolution! There are specialized groups that can help you quit drinking, there are specialized centers that can help you quit smoking and there are specialized firms just like us (EGV Recruiting) that can help you find the job you desire and start a new life abroad!

Remember! If you want to keep your resolution you have to start ASAP!

Have a wonderful new year!

Miracle Twins Light Christmas Tree At Medical Center Navicent Health

December 23rd, 2014

It was Christmas Carols and excitement at the annual Christmas tree lighting at the Medical Center Navicent Health. With the flip of a switch, 10-year-old twins Kaylea and Drew Pridgen were selected to light this years Christmas tree.

The two spent many of their days and nights at the Medical Center. “Well we were here for 101 days,” says Drew. They were born three months premature. “It was a roller coaster, one child may be doing fine one day but the other one not having a great day,” says their mother Dawn.

Dawn was in the hospital with her children during that time, fearful of what the doctor’s would say that her children’s outcome would be. “We heard Cerebal Palsy, we heard wheelchairs.” But the two overcame what many said they wouldn’t. “We did therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, until they were about 4. now they’re perfectly healthy.
The tree is lit every year by children who have recovered from serious illness in honor of all the hospitals young patients. “Its a beautiful gift of love, a great gift of hope and in many ways a great gift of faith,” says Navicent Health CEO Ninfa Saunders.

‘Christmas miracle’: Sick Kids patient heading home for Christmas after all

December 23rd, 2014

Christmas has been saved for the little girl at Sick Kids hospital whose much-anticipated trip home for the holidays was put in peril by a last-minute blood infection.

Thanks to a special arrangement with their doctors, Kaleigh Wright-Barton and her family are heading home to Nova Scotia after all.

“She was jumping up and down when we got the news, and screaming in the hospital,” Kaleigh’s mom, Echo Wright, told the Star Monday evening.

“It’s a Christmas miracle,” she said, “just in the nick of time.”

Kaleigh was originally cleared to travel for the holidays last week, but came down with a blood infection that forced her family to miss their flight home over the weekend. The 9-year-old has had two liver transplants because of a birth defect, and needs frequent nutritional supplements through an IV, which can sometimes cause infections in the blood.

In the past, such contaminations have forced Kaleigh to take intravenous antibiotics in hospital for two weeks, Wright said. This time, that would have meant Christmas at Sick Kids.

But then, on Monday, medical staff at the downtown hospital approved a plan to have Wright give Kaleigh the antibiotics herself. Now, with Porter Airlines promising to rebook the flight they missed at no extra cost, the family plans to fly home Wednesday morning — arriving just before Santa does.

“We realized the horrible timing of this,” explained Vicky Ng, medical director of the liver transplant program at Sick Kids.

“We’re being creative and we’re going to allow her to go back home with mom giving the antibiotics that we know she very capably can.”

Wright, 27, said she’s been Kaleigh’s caregiver since her daughter was born, and that she’s been trained to administer the antibiotics by staff at Sick Kids. Jewell Barton, Kaleigh’s father, agreed, adding that he’s holding most of his own excitement at bay until they land safely in Halifax on Christmas Eve.

“We’ve done this for nine years, so they were comfortable letting us go and do the antibiotics ourselves,” said Barton, emphasizing that he wants more people to sign up as organ donors to help people like his daughter.

“We’re really grateful and blessed,” he said.

Kaleigh was first admitted to Sick Kids when she was four months old, in July 2005. Surgeons removed portions of her intestines that were protruding from her body at birth — a condition called gastroschisis — and Kaleigh now receives the sustenance she needs through an IV attached to a vein in her heart in a process called total parenteral nutrition (TPN), Wright explained.

But this process can strain some organs, Wright said, which forced Kaleigh to get two liver transplants, the second one just 18 months ago.

This year, with Kaleigh’s health stable and her spirits high, everything was lined up for a trip to the Maritimes for Christmas, where Wright and Barton grew up and their friends and families still live. Because of Kaleigh’s health, the family — including Kaleigh’s 5-year-old brother J.J. — hasn’t been able to travel home for the holidays since 2011.

The plan is to spend Christmas with Wright’s family in Weymouth, N.S., and then join Barton’s kin for New Year’s in Digby. And Kaleigh, if she’s been good this year, might find something under the tree that will help her go tobogganing with her East Coast cousins.

“There will be lots of lobster, and we’re going to see if Santa can bring in a sleigh,” said Wright.

“We can’t wait … We’re going to take the first flight out of the city.”

 

Source of the article here

Christmas Medical Miracle: Poised to Donate Organs, 21-Year-Old Emerges From Coma

December 15th, 2014

Sam Schmid, an Arizona college student believed to be brain dead and poised to be an organ donor, miraculously recovered just hours before doctors were considering taking him off life support.

Schmid, a junior and business major at the University of Arizona, was critically wounded in anOct. 19 five-car accident in Tucson.

The 21-year-old’s brain injuries were so severe that the local hospital could not treat him. He was airlifted to the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Phoenix, where specialists performed surgery for a life-threatening aneurysm.

As hospital officials began palliative care and broached the subject of organ donation with his family, Schmid began to respond, holding up two fingers on command. Today, he is walking with the aid of a walker, and his speech, although slow, has improved.

Doctors say he will likely have a complete recovery. He even hopes to get a day pass from the hospital to celebrate the holidays with his large extended family.

“Nobody could ever give me a better Christmas present than this — ever, ever, ever,” said his mother, Susan Regan, who is vice-president of the insurance company Lovitt-Touche.

“I tell everyone, if they want to call it a modern-day miracle, this is a miracle,” said Regan, 59, and a Catholic. “I have friends who are atheists who have called me and said, ‘I am going back to church.’”

Schmid’s doctor, renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Spetzler, agreed that his recovery was miraculous.

“I am dumbfounded with his incredible recovery in such a short time,” said Spetzler. “His recovery was really remarkable considering the extent of his lethal injuries.”

Hospital officials are crediting Spetzler with having a “hunch” that despite an initially dire prognosis, the young man would make it. But he said it was “reasonable” for others to consider withdrawing the patient from life support.

“It looked like all the odds were stacked against him,” said Spetzler, who has performed more than 6,000 such surgeries and trained the doctor who operated on Congressman Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot at the beginning of this year.

During surgery, Spetzler clipped the balloonlike aneurysm in the blood vessel — “as if I were patching a tire,” a procedure that eventually worked.

For days Schmid didn’t seem to be responding, but what puzzled his doctor was that he did not see fatal injuries on the MRI scan. So he decided to keep Schmid on life support longer.

“There was plenty wrong — he had a hemorrhage, an aneurysm and a stroke from the part of the aneurysm,” Spetzler said. “But he didn’t have a blood clot in the most vital part of his brain, which we know he can’t recover from. And he didn’t have a massive stroke that would predict no chance of a useful existence.”

So while the family was given a realistic picture of Schmid’s poor chances for survival, Spetzler ordered one more MRI to see if the critical areas of the brain had turned dark, indicating brain death.

“If not, we would hang on and keep him on support,” he said. “But I didn’t want to give the family false hope.”

Schmid’s mother said no one “specifically” asked if her son would be a donor, but they “subtly talk to you about quality of life.”

“At some point, I knew we had to make some sort of decision, and I kept praying,” said Regan.

The MRI came back with encouraging news during the day and by evening Schmid “inexplicably” followed the doctors’ commands, holding up two fingers.

“It was like fireworks all going off at the same time,” said Spetzler.

Today, Schmid — his speech clear and sounding upbeat — told ABCNews.com, “I feel fine. I’m in a wheelchair, but I am getting lots of help.”

Sam Schmid Has No Memory of the Accident

He said he remembers nothing of the accident nor coming around after being in an induced coma. “It wasn’t until I woke up in rehab,” he said. “But they told me about afterwards.”

Schmid was returning from coaching basketball at his former Catholic school when a van swerved into his lane. The Jeep in which he was riding went airborne, hit a light pole and landed on its side.

Schmid’s left hand and both of his femurs broke and required surgery. But the worst were the traumatic head injuries, which were complex and nearly always fatal.

All those involved say the support that Schmid got from family and friends — and especially the care at Barrow — may have made the difference. His brother John, a 24-year-old IT specialist, took a leave of absence from his job in Chicago to be at his brother’s bedside.

Family flew in from around the country, and Delta Chi fraternity brothers made regular visits, even creating a mural for their friend.

“It seems like we were being led down a path to plan for the worst and that things were not going to work out,” said John Schmid. “The miracle, to put it bluntly, was that in a matter of seven days, we went from organ donation to rehab. What a roller coaster it was.”

He said his brother’s speech is slow, but he understands what others are saying. Sam Schmid’s athleticism — as a basketball coach and snowboard instructor — probably helped, he said.

“Honestly, I am at a loss for words,” said John Schmid. “I am just so proud of Sam. He’s got a strong constitution and he’s very determined. But it’s been quite an eye-opener for me — a real learning curve. You can’t take anything for granted.”

Sam Schmid’s surgeon agrees.

“You get incredible highs when you save someone facing neurological devastation or death,” said Spetzler. “That is counter-pointed by the incredible lows when you fail to help someone.”

“In a way, his recovery was truly miraculous,” he said. “It’s a great Christmas story.”

Ever the scientist, Spetzler wasn’t willing to speculate what a comatose patient hears. But he admits, “There are so many things we don’t understand about the brain and what happens at the time someone is near death.”

“The whole family was at his side during the day and at night hovering over him, then to see there was a chance after being ready to let go,” he said. “But I am very much a big believer that positive thoughts and positive energy in a room can only help.”

Medical miracle: Mother, newborn son revived after dying in labor on Christmas Eve

December 15th, 2014

Believers would call it a Christmas miracle: A mother dies in labor on Christmas Eve. Her child is stillborn. Then, minutes later, both of them come miraculously back to life.

Tracy Hermanstorfer had stopped breathing during labor at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.

“She had no signs of life. No heartbeat, no blood pressure, she wasn’t breathing,” Dr. Stephanie Martin, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at the hospital, told the AP.

The baby boy, who was delivered by Cesarean section, “was basically limp, with a very slow heart rate,” Martin said.

Hermanstorfer, 35, had arrived at the hospital with her husband Mike, 37, and appeared normal – at first. During the prep for childbirth the woman began to feel sleepy and laid back in her bed.

“She literally stopped breathing and her heart stopped,” said her husband.

Doctors and nurses tried feverishly to revive her, to no avail.

“I was holding her hand when we realized she was gone,” Hermanstorfer told the Associated Press. “My entire life just rolled out.”

The doctors told the husband they would then take his son out, as they could not revive the mother.

“They handed him to me, he’s absolutely lifeless,” Hermanstorfer said.

But the doctors worked on him, and suddenly he came to.

“His life began in my hands,” Hermanstorfer said. “That’s a feeling like no other.”

Soon after, Tracy Hermanstorfer’s pulse returned, even though she had no heartbeat for roughly four minutes.

Later, she had no memory of the events.

“I just felt like I was asleep,” she told the AP. “I’m like, ‘holy cow, what it that bad?”

There is no clear medical explanation for Hermanstorfer and her son’s recoveries, Dr. Martin told the AP.

“We did a thorough evaluation and can’t find anything that explains why this happened,” she said.

The couple, and their healthy child.

It was a Christmas Medical Miracle!

Choosing your resume photo. What’s acceptable and what’s not…

November 21st, 2014

We all know the expression: “a picture worth a 1000 words”… and some of us seem to take it for granted and consider that looks dont count and shouldn’t thrump skills and experience when it comes to your resume… and on some levels they are right, it’s not about looks but it is about appearences.

In this article we will talk about what kind of photos are suitable for a CV  and what kind of photographs are not. It’s critical to make a good impression and sometimes it can mean getting called in for an interview or being rejected by the employer.

First of all, your resume must allways be accompanied by your recent photograph. Not adding a photograph is not a viable option!

There are certain differences when it comes to choosing a photograph, depending if you are male or female.

Let’s start with the female candidates:

  • Choose a photograp that highlights your face! Be sure not to have your hair cofering half of your face and leave photoshop out of it. Resume Photos don’t need to be black and wight or overly corrected.
  • Now that you have chosen a photo highlighting your face and you steared clear of photoshop, be careful with the make-up! Adding to much make-up can give away an image of frivolity  and make employers dismiss your application.
  • If you have a lot of piercings or a lot of earrings, it would be a good idea to tone it down for the resume photo. In fact, excessive jewlery can seem tacky to some employers.

And now with the men:

  • As with the girls, it’s important to remove piercings or earrings as well as having a decent hairdo. It’s important to be in tone with the position you are applying for. We can assure you that a photo where you show off your piercings, punk-rock hair style and bad boy attitude won’t help you get the position in the law firm….

And some common tips:

  1. Try not to use photos form  weddings, or other social gatherings. Its best if you can take a nice photograph with a nice plain white background.
  2. Dress for the job you want to get! A suit and a tie is allways the best choice!

We sincerely hoped this aricle helped you understand the importance of a reasume photo and we hope that you will take in consideration our advice.

Sincerely,

The EGV Recruiting Team

Germany – Citizens see doctors as the main contact for the prevention of diseases

November 9th, 2014

Hamburg – Regarding prevention of diseases, doctors are the first and main point of contact for people in Germany. Nearly nine out of ten respondents would turn to doctors when it comes to preventing diseases, according to the Forsa institute.

As a secondary contact regarding disease prevention, German citizens turn to the representatives of the health insurance agencies. And only a small portion of the population (one out of four Germans) thrust the opinion of fitness instructors and nutritionists.

90% of German citisens consider that “prevention is important because it can prevent suffering by helping people not getting sick in the first place.

Source of the article here : http://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/60732/Buerger-sehen-Aerzte-als-Hauptansprechpartner-bei-der-Praevention

MSF vs EBOLA – Tough Job Great Reward

October 19th, 2014

What is Ebola?

Reading the newspaper, watching TV or browsing social media, we all see more and more articles or reports about the Ebola outbreak and we react to these posts in different ways.

Why? Because for some of us it’s just another crisis in a contry  far far away from our home, and that’s why we choose to ignore it… Or not!

EBOLA:

“Ebola is a virus that can kill up to 90 percent of the people who catch it, causing terror among infected communities. Ebola can be caught from both humans and animals. It is not an air-borne disease. Human to human transmission occurs through close contact with bodily fluids of an Ebola-infected person. Patients need to be treated in isolation by staff wearing protective clothing. Supportive care can help the patient survive longer, and the extra time may just be what the patient’s own immune system needs to fight the virus.” – MSF

MSF’s West Africa Ebola response:

MSF’s West Africa Ebola response started in March 2014 and now counts activities in three countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. MSF currently employs 276 international and around 2,977 locally hired staff in the region. The organisation operates six Ebola case management centres (CMCs), providing nearly 600 beds in isolation. Since the beginning of the outbreak, MSF has admitted more than 4,500 patients, among whom more than 2,700 were confirmed as having Ebola. Around 1,000 have survived. More than 807 tonnes of supplies have been shipped to the affected countries since March. As of 10 October, the estimated budget for MSF’s activities on the West Africa Ebola outbreak until the end of 2014 is 46.2 million euros.

Simultaneously, there is an unrelated outbreak of Ebola in DRC. Sixty-seven MSF staff are working on this outbreak and two case management centres have been established: one in Lokolia (40 beds) and one in Boende (10 beds). There has also been a confirmed case of Marburg fever in Uganda. MSF teams are supporting the response by reinforcing local capacities on infection control and treatment.Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has claimed 4,492 lives. The outbreak is the largest ever, and is currently affecting three countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Two countries in West Africa are in the period of counting days because there are no more active cases: Senegal and Nigeria. Two people in the United States of America (USA) and one person in Spain are currently being treated for Ebola.

Following announcements made in the last weeks, deployment of international aid is slowly taking place in the three main countries affected. However, there is little indication that current efforts to increase capacity to isolate and take care of suspected and confirmed Ebola cases will address needs sufficiently.

 

The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has been set up and will be based in Ghana to pursue five strategic priorities: stop the spread of the disease; treat the infected; ensure essential services; preserve stability; and prevent the spread of the disease to countries currently unaffected.

MSF teams in West Africa are still seeing critical gaps in all aspects of the response, including medical care, training of health staff, infection control, contact tracing, epidemiological surveillance, alert and referral systems, community education and mobilisation.

MSF has been responding to the outbreak since March, and currently has a total of 3,253 staff working in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, treating a rapidly increasing number of patients. Twenty-one MSF staff have been infected with Ebola since March, six of whom have recovered. The vast majority of these infections were found to have occurred in the community.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

Support the MSF cause! http://www.msf.org/diseases/ebola