Emergencies preparedness, response

Faces of the Ebola response

This photo gallery tells the stories of people contributing to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Our highest gratitude for their hard work and dedication.


Alpha Tamba, Surveillance Officer, Liberia

Alpha Tamba, County Surveillance Officer, Liberia, at the Ebola cross-border meeting.
WHO/P. Desloovere

"During the cross-border meeting between Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone held in Foya, Lofa County, Liberia, it is key that when we investigate Ebola cases or when we establish lists of contacts to follow up, we share that information with our counterparts across the border. Ebola does not stop at the borders and if we really want to hunt the disease we need to know as surveillance officers what happens on the other side."
- Alpha Tamba, County Surveillance Officer, Lofa County, Liberia


Lee Ibrahim, driver, Sierra Leone

Lee Ibrahim, WHO hired driver in Kailahun, Sierra Leone
WHO/P. Desloovere

"Since July last year I have worked as a driver for various WHO teams. I lost count of how many kilometers I have driven with this car. In Kailahun district, many villages are remote and some roads are very tough and difficult. As I am familiar with the area, WHO colleagues rely on my expertise on how to get there. It feels good to reach those far away areas and my WHO colleagues can do their job."
- Lee Ibrahim, WHO driver, Kailahun, Sierra Leone


Othello Gbollie, Immigration Officer, Liberia

Othello Gbollie, Immigration Officer, Liberia
WHO/P. Desloovere

"About two weeks ago [20 February], the President decided to lift the curfew and re-open the borders. We are seeing some light after the massive Ebola crisis here in Lofa County, Liberia. Things are improving, and we hope soon that SierraLeone will open their borders too so we can pick up our daily lives, get back to normal and visit our brothers and sisters across the border."
- Lieutenant Othello Gbollie, Immigration Officer, Liberia


Theophilus Cooper, Administrator and Deputy Director of First Responder Team, Liberia
WHO/P. Desloovere

"We came to Sierra Leone because we felt that there is a need to help our neighbours to fight Ebola from our experiences gained by fighting the disease in Liberia. We believe we can make a difference in helping to bring the numbers down the way we did in Liberia."
- T. Cooper, Administrator and Deputy Director of First Responder Team, Liberia


Rob Fowler, a critical care physician from Canada, working in West Africa on Ebola outbreak 2014
WHO/S. Gborie

"If we respond aggressively with individual patient care – if we have enough people to deliver care for as many hours in the day that patients need – we can save the vast majority from dying with simple and available supportive treatments, even in the absence of an Ebola-specific medication."
- Rob Fowler, a critical care physician


Julian Bec, a pilot, Guinea, from story on transporting people and services to fight Ebola
WHO/C. Salvi

"It makes a difference when you work for a humanitarian objective, you feel you are doing something for good… We transported the first Ebola samples from the Guekedou area to Conakry when the outbreak started. That flight was quite emotive as we knew that we were carrying biological materials at risk. But the health agents had explained everything to us and we felt safe as well as responsible."
- Julian Bec, pilot, Guinea


WHO Ebola expert patient trainer Austin S. Jallah. Margibi County, Liberia, 2014.
WHO/P Desloovere

"I am grateful that my Ebola experience can impact the knowledge of our health workers and help to eradicate this disease from Liberia."
- Austin Jallah, expert patient trainer, Liberia