A few weeks ago, I met with a group of health workers, doctors, researchers and others working to bring Ebola back to the West African country of Guinea.
They told me the hardest part of the task would be educating people to protect themselves and their families.
Ebola, a virus that has infected more than 7 million people and killed more than 8,500 people, is spreading at an unprecedented rate.
And so, in the absence of any scientific information, the response to the virus is still largely a matter of personal choice and how much people are willing to risk to stay home.
“In order to have a strong response, you need to have an effective plan for dealing with it,” said Dr. Mounir Moustafa, an expert in the disease who is also the head of the Guinea health ministry’s Ebola response team.
The Guinea government is already working to get the virus under control.
In January, President Macky Sall, a former Liberian army officer, declared a nationwide state of emergency.
It has been extended for six months.
The measures are designed to prevent the spread of the virus in the country and its surroundings.
The response is being driven by a combination of a government program called “Voucher for Life” and the private sector.
The government provides a $1,000 voucher for anyone over the age of 18 who wants to buy food.
This program has been a success, according to Dr. Abdelaziz Boudouki, who heads the country’s Ebola prevention unit.
“It’s really good for Guinea.
We’re seeing very strong uptake in terms of enrollments,” he said.
Boudouni, a doctor and president of the Association for Health Protection, told me that he has seen a dramatic increase in the number of health professionals taking advantage of the voucher.
In the past two weeks alone, he said, more than 3,000 health workers have applied for it.
This is an unprecedented level of uptake, he added.
“We are very excited to see so many people taking advantage, because of the severity of the situation.”
The voucher also pays for health workers to help families who are still recovering from the virus.
As part of its public health program, the government has started offering free vaccinations to anyone over 18 who has contracted the virus or their family member, a move that has raised hopes for the many young people still battling Ebola in their countries.
In some cases, the free vaccinations will include the vaccine for Ebola.
“The first year of this voucher is the best, because you’re going to get an effective shot, and you’re not going to need to go to the doctor anymore,” Boudoudi said.
“You’re going in, you’re getting it, and then you’re off.”
So far, the number who have taken advantage of this program has grown from 7,700 to 10,500.
But the vaccine isn’t just about providing vaccines for free.
It is also providing free counseling and health advice to people who may have had the virus and have questions.
For example, one group of healthcare workers have been able to help the country recover from the outbreak by giving out free counseling.
This week, they launched a program called ‘Hospital of the Future’ to help people get back to normal.
This initiative, which will run through March 30, aims to provide health workers with free medical advice and help them build a community of support.
It’s part of an overall effort by the government to provide free health care for the country, which has been in a deep recession.
“This is a very important program, because it’s the first step towards bringing the country back to a normal life,” Bououdi explained.
The program has also provided the healthcare workers with additional help in the fight against the virus, he continued.
For instance, a program that helps local people to get better access to medical treatment has also been added to the program.
The healthcare workers also have the chance to get help from experts in the field.
In fact, the team in charge of this effort has already been working on this project for more than a year.
The team consists of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and psychologists.
They are all trained to work with patients.
In addition, they are tasked with helping local people who are struggling with the virus by talking to them.
“They will talk to the person about their health condition, how they feel about the virus,” Boutouki said.
And if there are any doubts about the seriousness of the crisis, the doctors will help them understand the virus better.
In early February, the health ministry also announced a $30 million grant to help those in need of medical attention in the capital, Conakry.
The money will be used to provide basic medical supplies to those in rural areas.
But one of the key components of the project is the creation of a medical center in the city of Conakary to house Ebola patients and help with treatment.
The center will be open from March 3