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Ebolas Unpaid Heroes: How billions in aid skips over those at the frontline Amy Maxmen

Ebolas Unpaid Heroes: How billions in aid skips over those at the frontline

Amy Maxmen

Published July 14th 2015
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35 pages
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The frontline workers – nurses, grave-diggers and hospital staff – who fought Ebola in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, were hailed as heroes. Time magazine made the Ebola workers persons of the year in 2014. Behind the scenes, however, many wereMoreThe frontline workers – nurses, grave-diggers and hospital staff – who fought Ebola in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, were hailed as heroes. Time magazine made the Ebola workers persons of the year in 2014. Behind the scenes, however, many were denied the hazard pay they were owed. They worked on, without the money they needed. In fact, less than 2% of the $3.3bn donated to fight Ebola in West Africa was earmarked for frontline staff in Sierra Leones health system. Instead the vast majority of money donated from the taxpayers of the UK, the US and two dozen other countries went directly to Western agencies, more than 100 NGOs and to the UN.Amy Maxmen travelled to Sierra Leone to interview the men and women, who had watched their friends and colleagues dying without protection at the frontline of the disease. Her trip was made possible by travel grants from the Pulitzer Center and investigative funds from Tiny Spark.