Not Just Docs: The Eight Types of People Needed for the Ebola Response

This piece from sheds some light on the types of professionals needed for the Ebola response – it’s a lot more than just doctors and nurses, though they are in high demand.

Here’s a list of the eight other positions needed now:

  1. 1) Logisticians: These professionals can help ensure the right supplies and equipment are getting to the people and places that need it. It’s all about managing inventory, and both local and international procurement.
  2. 2) Finance managers: According to the piece, “As on any heavily funded development project, finance managers are needed to manage budgets and ensure dollars are being spent appropriately and according to government or donor regulations. Experience managing sub-grants and sub-awards is preferred for many of these positions since many organizations are partnering with local or other international groups to respond to the crisis. While these positions may not put you in direct contact with Ebola patients, the positions are typically located on the ground working closely with the people and organizations that are. So organizations are looking for finance experts who have some experience working in a crisis situation.”
  3. 3) Communications experts: There is a need for both internal and external communications among the groups working to fight the Ebola outbreak.
  4. 4) Psychosocial experts: Ebola doesn’t just affect people physically. There is a great amount of death and loss being experienced in the affected countries – by victims, the families of victims and the health workers on the front line. Psychosocial experts can provide mental health support to affected individuals and can help reduce the stigma around Ebola.
  5. 5) Project management and administration: These people can help organizations manage their aid efforts.
  6. 6) Water and sanitation experts: According to the article, “Experts are in high demand to assess and monitor the state of water, sanitation and hygiene in Ebola health care facilities and communities susceptible to the disease. Experts with experience in drinking water safety, safe sanitation and waste and chemical management are wanted to help advise hospitals and local health ministries on best practices and to implement safe waste and water systems.”
  7. 7) Nutritionists: Part of the treatment for Ebola patients is adequate nutrition. Nutritionists can help patients get access to healthy food and nutrients. They can also help the rest of the people in the affected communities who haven’t contracted the disease to maintain good health.
  8. 8) Emergency response managers: These pros are needed to help manage the Ebola crisis – it’s an emergency situation that is evolving, so preparedness plans, staff training communications and more are required.


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