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Ebola: MSF deeply saddened by deaths of a Guinean and a Liberian colleague

It is with great sorrow that Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) confirms that two of our colleagues, a Guinean outreach worker and a Liberian nurse, have passed away.  

On 19th August, our Guinean colleague was admitted to one of MSF’s Ebola management centres in Guinea. He received medical care there, but sadly passed away the following day.

His funeral took place on 21st August in the presence of his family and the MSF team. Our colleague was working in MSF’s outreach team.

His work included hygiene activities and responding to alerts of suspected cases in the community, and he did not have any duties inside the Ebola management centre itself.

Our Liberian colleague, who was a Ministry of Health nurse working alongside MSF, was admitted to one of MSF’s Ebola management centres in Liberia on 19th August.

Sincere condolences

MSF’s doctors did their utmost to provide the best possible medical care, but tragically he passed away on 23rd August. Arrangements are currently being made for his funeral.

A thorough investigation is underway to determine how the staff members became ill.

We offer our sincere condolences to the families and friends of both our colleagues, who we will support through this difficult time.

Read more about MSF's Ebola response