Remote health workers use skills to fight Ebola

11 Oct 2014

Human­i­tar­i­ans in remote health and Inter­na­tion­al devel­op­ment share a dri­ve to pur­sue social jus­tice, a desire for equi­ty, a ded­i­ca­tion to the prin­ci­ples of com­pre­hen­sive pri­ma­ry health care and a pre­pared­ness to work in chal­leng­ing, iso­lat­ed, resource poor environments.

It is there­fore not sur­pris­ing that CRANAplus mem­bers and staff are fore­front in respond­ing to the cur­rent Ebo­la cri­sis. I’m very proud of the nurs­es who have gone, are still over there and those prepar­ing to go. They exem­pli­fy the pas­sion for car­ing that’s at the heart of what we do. They should also rest assured that they have the sup­port of their pro­fes­sion and the remote and iso­lat­ed health indus­try behind them” said Christo­pher Cliffe, CEO of CRANAplus.

A CRANAplus edu­ca­tor and long-term mem­ber, Sue-Ellen Kovack who recent­ly returned from Sier­ra Leone and was test­ed for the dis­ease in Cairns, does not want the flur­ry of recent media over her fever dur­ing iso­la­tion, to deter any future health per­son­nel from volunteering.

Although an event like this reminds us of the risks that our peo­ple face, we must remain calm and make deci­sions based on the evi­dence, not cheap polit­i­cal sen­sa­tion­al­ism or the chants of a fright­ened mob” said Mr. Cliffe.

CRANAplus con­tin­ues to sup­port and applaud the con­tri­bu­tion it’s mem­bers have and con­tin­ue to make, dur­ing this evolv­ing crisis.

Dur­ing the CRANAplus Con­fer­ence in Mel­bourne this week, the expe­ri­ence of some of our staff that have returned will be show­cased, with the use of vir­tu­al tech­nol­o­gy due to the lim­i­ta­tions of home isolation.

CRANAplus encour­ages you to donate by fol­low­ing this link to the ANMF site, where pro­ceeds will go to the train­ing of nurs­es in the affect­ed areas and bet­ter access to Per­son­al Pro­tec­tive Equip­ment (PPE).

Media Con­tact:
Christo­pher Cliffe
Mobile: 0427 826 409
Email: ceo@​crana.​org.​au