August 24, 2014

[Updated August 27, 2014]  It is with great sorrow that Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) confirms that three of our colleagues, a Guinean outreach worker, a Liberian nurse, and a Sierra Leonean nurse, have passed away.  

On August 19, our Guinean colleague was admitted to one of MSF’s Ebola management centers in Guinea. He received medical care there, but sadly passed away the following day. His funeral took place on August 21 in the presence of his family and the MSF team. Our colleague was working in MSF’s outreach team.

Our Liberian colleague, who was a Ministry of Health nurse working alongside MSF, was admitted to one of MSF’s Ebola management centers in Liberia on August 19. MSF’s doctors did their utmost to provide the best possible medical care, but tragically he passed away on August 23. Arrangements are currently being made for his funeral.

Our Sierra Leonean colleague was a nurse working with one of the MSF teams in Sierra Leone. He was admitted to an MSF Ebola management center on August 24 where the MSF medical team did all they could to provide the best medical care possible. He passed away on August 25, to the great sadness of the team. Arrangements are currently being made for his funeral.

A thorough investigation is underway to determine how the staff members became ill. At this point, there is no indication that the illness was acquired in the context of their professional activities.

We offer our sincere condolences to the families and friends of our colleagues, who we will support through this difficult time.