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MSF steps up staff training to tackle Ebola

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MSF steps up staff training to tackle Ebola


European aid workers are stepping up their preparation as they get set to tackle the Ebola crisis.

This is a Medicins Sans Frontieres training centre in the Belgian capital of Brussels.

Doctors, nurses and water sanitation specialists take part in simulated exercises before they head to Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea.

Brice de le Vingne, MSF’s director of operations, said the “lessons” focus on learning “about the characteristics of this illness; the measures to take in terms of protection.”

“It’s an introduction so that we already have a certain amount of knowledge and comfort once we go into the field.”

MSF has more than 2,000 staff working in the Ebola-hit regions of Africa.

The epidemic has claimed at least 4,000 lives.

The World Health Organisation said earlier this weak that the deadly outbreak could even lead to state failure in some of the affected countries.

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