In the summer of 2014, the number of West African healthcare workers contracting Ebola was unforeseen by many humanitarian agencies. Some of the factors contributing to these agencies removing their volunteers from "potential harm" were released in an Associated Press news wire featured in today's US News and World Report.
-Use of a potentially outdated disinfectants to clean the protective equipment used by workers.
-They found that a significant number of healthcare workers were not properly trained to use the "protective equipment" in an Ebola setting.
-They also concluded that there were not enough Ebola treatment facilities in the early stages of the Ebola epidemic.
In fact, the Peace Corp's concern over their ability to protect volunteers from being infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia prompted them to evacuate all 340 volunteers from these areas. The Peace Corps weren't the only organization to flee or downgrade services to West Africa during this period.
During the same time, CNN reported that the Evangelical Christian humanitarian agency, Samaritan’s Purse, announced that they would relocate all nonessential personnel from Liberia. Samaritan’s Purse had previously discovered that one of their volunteer physicians had contracted the Ebola Virus. The WHO followed in August 2014, pulling its volunteers out of Kailahun, Sierra Leone after one of their workers became infected with Ebola.
While the battle against the expansion of the Ebola epidemic has been quelled, it should also be known that the war against Ebola has yet to be won.