As part of South Africa’s response to the outbreak of the
Ebola virus in West Africa, Right to Care is seeking healthcare professionals
willing to work for three months in Sierra Leone.
Skills in treating the condition
The recruitment process is part of
the Department of Health’s Ebola Emergency Response and is currently underway.
Applicants, who will ideally have ICU experience, are being offered full
training, flights, transfers, salary, per diems, insurance and housing. Should
they contract the disease whilst in Sierra Leone, the South African government
has agreed to treatment in South Africa.
Says Prof Ian Sanne, CEO of Right
to Care and an infectious diseases expert, “By sending these healthcare workers
to Sierra Leone they will not only help the medical sector there, but will gain
critical skills in treating this condition, should cases reach South Africa. The
Department of Health has said that an effective Ebola response requires R250 million –
between government and the private sector only R40 million has been raised so
far. We are hoping that the Department of Health as well as private sector
hospitals will release interested doctors and nurses for two months on full
pay. We have teams leaving from 15 January 2015.”
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Right to Care, which has
contributed R3 million to the initiative, has a coordination manager currently
stationed in Sierra Leone, and the organisation is involved in creating more
effective systems in the country’s laboratories. Explains Sanne, “It is taking
up to ten days to get Ebola cases confirmed, and by implementing the systems we
use in the South African public sector, we can reduce this to 5 days. Right to
Care with the National Institute for
Communicable Diseases (NICD)
are distributing bar coded lab forms to the fourteen districts in Sierra
There are four partners working on
South Africa’s response to Ebola under the leadership of the Department of
Health. They are Right to Care which has a MoU with the Ministry of
Health in Sierra Leone, the Wits Health Consortium which is overseeing and
managing funds from the private sector on behalf of the Department of Health
and the NICD which has set up labs in Sierra Leone, is providing training and
has a number of staff there. FirstRand (FNB) has committed to paying for
transport, flights and transfers for this medical intervention.
And as to who would be willing to accept such a vital and
dangerous mission? “We believe that altruistic medical workers with an interest
in infectious diseases are most likely to respond to our call,” concludes Prof
For further information or interviews with Dr Ali
Bacher, chairman of Right to Care or Prof Sanne, CEO of Right to Care please
contact Michelle K Blumenau, Turquoise PR & Marketing Communications T
011 728 5004 / 083 273 9891 firstname.lastname@example.org
About Right to Care
to Care is a non-profit organisation that supports and delivers
prevention, care, and treatment services for HIV and associated diseases.
Through technical assistance, Right to Care supports the Department of Health.
In addition, through direct service delivery, Right to Care treats patients for
HIV, TB, cervical cancer, medical male circumcision and sexually transmitted
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