The reality of the Ebola epidemic is present as soon as we land in Freetown... We are ushered to a washing station before entering the arrival hall and instructed to wash our hands under a tap dispensing a water and chlorine solution... After completing health status questionnaires, we start making our way across the Sierra Leone River estuary to the mainland via water taxi... I had volunteered with Doctors without Borders (MSF) to work as an epidemiologist, jutting myself out of my comfort zone at home... It's becoming clear that I am very far from comfort indeed, writes Kathryn Stinson, an MSF South Africa field worker who recently returned from Sierra Leone.

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