Seeking Social Media Connections to Medical Students in West Africa

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that--without additional interventions to halt the spread of Ebola--there will be 1.4 million cases of the disease in West Africa by the end of January 2015. Many seasoned health care workers in these countries have already died and that’s compounding an already severe shortage of physicians, nurses and other health professionals in the West African countries most affected by the deadly virus, says Seble L. Frehywot, an associate research professor of health policy and global health at Milken Institute School of Public Health. Those countries are in dire need of both health care facilities and trained workers to staff them and care for the sick, Frehywot says.

If you’ve been asking yourself what you can do, Frehywot is calling for GW students to use social media to help find medical, nursing or public health students who are on the ground in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. She says that the medical schools in these three countries have shut down as have most of the other businesses in these countries as the epidemic continues to rage. But medical students still have some health training and more importantly they are on the ground in the affected areas. Dr. Frehywot wants to identify the ones who are willing to help and connect them to international aid workers and groups working to build new treatment units.

Please Retweet: #publichealth & med students in West Africa: you're needed to halt #ebola. Connect w/ orgs here: http://t.co/Sq6Lrp1UAq

— Milken Institute SPH (@GWpublichealth) October 10, 2014

If you send out a message on Facebook, Twitter or through another social media channels and find medical, nursing or public health students in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea who are willing to join in the battle against Ebola, please ask them to provide their information at http://go.gwu.edu/ebolavolunteers.