Ebola health worker infections

Health workers have borne the brunt of the west african Ebola outbreak, not only working tirelessly to treat the sick but risking their lives every time they went to work. A new WHO report into health worker infections has found that health workers are between 21 and 32 times more likely to be infected with Ebola than people in the general population. It has also shown that such infections can be prevented - health worker infection rates have dropped considerably as measures to prevent infection improved.

Read the report and the stories of health workers who caught the virus.



Philip Ireland, Liberia

Dr Philip Ireland, JFK Memorial Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia
WHO/M. Winkler

Thierno Souleymane, Guinea

Dr Thierno Souleymane, a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology, Ignace Deen hospital in Conakry, Guinea
WHO/P. Haughton

Adiatu Pujeh, Sierra Leone

Adiatu Pujeh, hospital nurse, an Ebola survivor, Sierra Leone
WHO/S. Gborie
  • Giving back after Ebola
    May 2015 -- Before the Ebola virus arrived in Sierra Leone, hospital nurse Adiatu Pujeh thought malaria was the most challenging disease they faced.

Mohamed Sesay, Sierra Leone

Mohamed Sesay, lab technician at Kenema Government Hospital, Sierra Leone
WHO/S. Gborie

Barbara Bono, Liberia

Barbara Bono, nurse, Liberia. Also an Ebola survivor
WHO/M. Winkler

Felix Baez, Sierra Leone

Dr Felix Sarria Baez, Cuban doctor, returns to Sierra Leone after recovering from Ebola.
WHO/Stephane Saporito

Austin Jallah, Liberia

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

Cured of Ebola, Rebecca returns to cure others

December 2014 -- Rebecca Johnson, nurse, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Survivors help train health workers for Ebola care

October 2014 -- Six Ebola survivors in Liberia help train health workers on Ebola care