Stories From The Frontline: The Ebola Outbreak

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Stories From The Frontline: The Ebola Outbreak 
Screening of Peter Casaer’s “Affliction” and Sharing by by MSF Filipino Medics

The world witnessed how the largest outbreak of Ebola virus brought with it immeasurable suffering, destroying the fabric of communities and devastating already-fragile health systems.

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More than 28,000 people were infected with Ebola, of whom more than 11,000 lost their lives. More than 500 health workers are among the dead, lost to countries where they were desperately needed.

The epidemic has been an unprecedented epidemic with an unprecedented response. From the very beginning, international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) responded in the worst-affected countries—Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone—by setting up Ebola treatment centers and providing services such as psychological support, health promotion, surveillance, and contact tracing. 

At its peak, MSF employed nearly 4,000 national staff and over 325 international staff to combat the epidemic across these three countries. MSF admitted a total of 10,376 patients to its Ebola treatment centers, of which 5,226 turned out to be confirmed Ebola cases. MSF became the only organization to alert the world to the alarming outbreak and then take the lead to fight the epidemic at its root cause.

At the height of the outbreak, MSF field worker and documentary filmmaker Peter Casaer gathered a film crew that was given unlimited access to MSF facilities and captured unique footage. 

From these comes Affliction, a film about fears, rejection, stigma and the failure of the international response to the Ebola outbreak. The story starts in the remote village of Meliandou, Guinea where the first Ebola victim was identified. Filmed in the three affected countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, the motion picture provides a compelling view of the impact Ebola had on the lives of individuals.

Affliction will be shown for the first time in the Philippines on 28 May 2016 (Saturday). Two MSF Filipino medics, Dr. Natasha Reyes and Ms. Honney Maymor Panes, will also be sharing their stories from working on the front line of containing the Ebola outbreak.

Affliction will be shown for the first time in the Philippines at the U-View Theater of Fully Booked in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Interested viewers must reserve seats by registering at:

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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency medical aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters or exclusion from health care in more than 65 countries. In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize. Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality and impartiality. 

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