Guinea’s fragile health system was deeply affected by the Ebola outbreak, which exposed the need for basic infrastructure improvements. At the bustling Ignace Deen Hospital in Conakry, APC renovated restrooms, crumbling staircases, walls, and ceilings, making it a safer, more hygienic, and more welcoming environment for patients. With these improvements, the hospital can now practice infection prevention and control and provide better care for Ebola survivors and the general population.
Every week, Ebola survivors come together with health workers and other community members in Guinea's hard-hit Kindia Region. They are part of the district’s sentinel site committee, which monitors the health and well-being of the area’s Ebola survivors. To prevent a resurgence of Ebola, APC helped establish 60 sentinel sites across Guinea, which enable the Ministry of Health to monitor illnesses in the Ebola survivor community and beyond. The sentinel sites allow for early detection and rapid response in the event of a suspected case.
Dr. Mamadou Oury Diallo, President of Guinea’s national network of Ebola survivor associations, Réseau National des Associations de Survivants d’Ebola de Guinée (RENASEG), is an Ebola survivor himself. Dr. Diallo gave up his job as a surgeon to lead the organization and help fellow survivors, who were shunned by their communities and left unemployed after recovering from Ebola. APC and International Medical Corps worked with RENASEG to develop leadership skills and organizational structures of the 23 member associations that represent Ebola survivors in Guinea.
Regarder une entrevue avec le Directeur Général de l’Agence Nationale de Sécurité Sanitaire de Guinée, Dr. Sakoba Keita, qui partage son point de vue sur la stratégie de Guinée post-Ebola, y compris les action prioritaires, les avantages, les défis, les écarts, les meilleurs pratiques, et les changements.
This article follows 341 patients for a year after being in the hospital for EVD. Of these, there were 46 cases of uveitis, six of episcleritis, and three of interstitial keratitis. Uveitis relapses were found as late as 13 months after a negative test for EV in the blood.