Remote health workers use skills to fight Ebola
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).
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