Education overview: Clinical laboratory technicians in Sierra Leone

During December 2015, I had the privilege of working in the Public Health England (PHE) Ebola diagnostic laboratories in Port Loko and Makeni, Sierra Leone, where I met and worked with several of the local clinical laboratory staff: Hassan Bangura, Bockarie Koroma and Sorie Kargbo. I had met and worked with Hassan Bangura (picture below)…

Blog: 24 hours in Freetown, Sierra Leone #EbolaFreeSierraLeone

After more than 3 weeks in Port Loko, Sierra Leone, at last I had a chance for a two-night R&R (rest & recreation) with my wife, who is currently based in Freetown.  Saturday afternoon a few of us got transport to Freetown, an intriguing three-hour drive from Port Loko.  We had to pass through several roadblocks…

Sierra Leone – a first visit to Port Loko

Friday morning was the first real working day and I had been allocated to the early shift, which started at 06:00 am.  Not a problem on my part, as I am an early bird, but it meant trying to get a few slices of toast and some coffee before getting the bus at 05:30 am….

Sierra Leone – the first few days

I’m not really sure how I decided to go to Sierra Leone, but the seeds were probably planted by an email I received from my lovely wife: “Can I please go to Sierra Leone to work in an Ebola lab?” My response was a simple “yes” – I was happy that she wanted to go,…