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Capacity Building and "Resilience" (never liked this term) of the medical system

Sierra Leone's medical system was in need of aid and capacity building prior to this disaster.

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Many of the physicians and nurses (older, wiser and with institutional history) in the system died in this disaster. The medical school will need help from others to rebuild its institutional knowledge, include women's health and SGBV as well as preparation of and practicing of guidelines for Ebola and other infectious diseases for medical and nursing students. As of April 2014, the medical school did not discuss women's health (except for pregnancy) nor did they discuss gender based violence, mental health among other important issues that will have an effect on future outbreaks. In the next few months we should expect a resurgence of PTSD left over from the war and pushed over by grief from the losses from Ebola. There are little to no resources to deal with PTSD, grief and depression that will resurge.

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