Psychosocial support will form part of the daily work of the Liberian Red Cross volunteers when conducting community event-based surveillance (CEBS) in the communities. Being successful at CEBS requires good attentive listening skills, empathy, the ability to foster trust, and being supportive to families and communities. So to me, psychosocial support skills are essential in fighting future outbreaks of Ebola.
“Treatment is only part of survival. It makes the body strong but with a weak mind, the person won’t survive. Now, when I make the mind strong, the body becomes stronger and people survive.”
“Little by little, men dressed in white suits invaded my dreams,” explains Antoine Kovana Kolié, the former nurse from Conakry turned Safe and Dignified Burial team leader for the Red Cross. He rubs his eyes as he remembers the sleepless nights, deprived of the rest that he desperately needed to get through the most testing of days, burying up to 12 bodies a day, young and old alike, struck down by the Ebola virus disease.