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Getting to Zero: A Doctor and a Diplomat on the Ebola Frontline

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In 2014, a 28-year old British doctor found himself co-running the Ebola isolation unit in Sierra Leone’s main hospital after the doctor in charge had been killed by the virus. Completely overwhelmed and wrapped in stifling protective suits, he and his team took it in turns to provide care to patients while removing dead bodies from the ward. Against all odds he battled to

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Kindle Edition, 449 pages
Published July 15th 2018 by Zed Books
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Laura
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This should be compulsory reading material for anyone involved in humanitarian aid and international crisis management and beyond, for epidemiologists, NGO workers, volunteers and the general public. In light of the new Ebola crisis in DRC right now, this is key preparation as to what to do in the case of such a dangerous threat to humans. A lot can be learnt from this, without needing to reinvent the wheel. What I took away from it really is that it is key to have solid day to day management in ...more
Alan Fricker
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating account of two peoples experience within the ebola outbreak in sierra leone. Much that is infuriating, moving and inspiring.
Cat Perrins
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I read this having just finished ‘The Hot Zone,’ which warns of an Ebola epidemic, and essentially wanting to gain more information on what happened when the Ebola virus did spread in humans. ‘Getting to Zero’ was perhaps not the best book to read as it really focuses on the response rather than on what caused the outbreak or how it spread.

It’s written from two perspectives - an ambassador and a health worker - which is interesting but also somewhat confusing if you don’t fully understand the t
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Emily
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
An intense book.
Susan
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a down to earth account of the difficulties that arose during the Ebola crisis due to cultural issues, and a lack of understanding of the people of Sierra Leone, their traditions and the Sierra Leone way of life. The doctor and diplomat, who wrote this book, merely stood in their shoes, and helped clear the path to "getting to zero". So well written, heart wrenching and compelling. A must read by everyone who sets foot in Sierra Leone! It will help you to understand the people, their fee ...more
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