Using Psychosocial Support to Combat Future Ebola Outbreaks

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.

  • Jesper Guhle
  • June 7, 2016

The Ghosts 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.”

  • Jesper Guhle
  • March 23, 2016

Banishing Ebola from the body, mind and soul

“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.

  • Jesper Guhle
  • February 23, 2015

Ebola: Battling fear and stigma

Fear, especially when coupled with poor knowledge about how to prevent the disease, and lack of resources to set up protective measures, can lead to panic and to stigmatization of those who have been in contact with the sick or have been handling dead bodies.

  • Jesper Guhle
  • May 6, 2014