Dr Mosoka Fallah and the importance of trust

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Months into the Ebola outbreak, Liberia remains desperately short on everything needed to halt the rise in deaths and infections – burial teams for the dead, ambulances for the sick, treatment centres for patients, gloves for doctors and nurses. But, reports [s]The New York Times[/s], it is perhaps shortest on something intangible: the trust needed to stop the disease from spreading.

Dr Mosoka Fallah, an epidemiologist and immunologist who grew up in [b]Monrovia’s[/b] poorest neighbourhoods before studying at [b]Harvard[/b], has been crisscrossing the capital in a race to repair that rift. Neighbourhood by neighbourhood, block by block, shack by shack, he is battling the disease across this crowded capital, seeking the cooperation of residents who are deeply distrustful of the government and its faltering response to the deadliest Ebola epidemic ever recorded.

‘If people don’t trust you, they can hide a body, and you’ll never know,’ Fallah said. ‘And Ebola will keep spreading. They’ve got to trust you, but we don’t have the luxury of time.’

Full report in The New York Times

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