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Mental health among Ebola survivors in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea: results from a cross-sectional study

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During the unprecedented 2014–2016 Ebola outbreak, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea experienced more than 28000 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), leaving an estimated 10000 survivors. The unprecedented number of survivors has raised questions about long-term health complications of EVD survivorship and the capacity of local health systems to meet these needs.

The impacts of EVD infection are far-reaching. In addition to health complications, many survivors also experienced the loss of friends and family, as well as stigmatization and ostracization in their communities and at health facilities, leading to further degradation of traditional social support structures and the ability or willingness to engage with care.

The aims of this study are to describe the prevalence and correlates of depression and anxiety among adult EVD survivors in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, in order to better understand the health needs of this population and to inform further health programs and policies. This research is particularly salient considering the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Authors: Andrew Secor, Rose Macauley, Laurentiu Stan, Meba Kabone, Sidibe Sidikiba, Sadou Sow, Dana Aronovich, Kate Litvin, Nikki Davis, Soumya Alva, Jeff Sanderson

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