Tag Archives: Democratic Republic of Congo

Ebola on this side

Elisabeth Preston-Hsu Atlanta, Georgia, United States   “Ebola in the Dark.” Drawing by Elisabeth Preston-Hsu, 2019, private collection In September 2014, my husband Chris boarded a plane from Atlanta, Georgia for the Democratic Republic of Congo, his first trip to Africa for work. We had just moved back to Atlanta two months before when he […]

Not all heroes wear capes

Cross De Idialu Port Harcourt, Nigeria   Symptoms of Ebola. Illustration by Mikael Häggström. August 2, 2014. by Mikael Häggström. August 2, 2014. Public Domain, It was the year 2014, and an unknown deadly disease was eating deep into the western region of the African continent. The first case was said to have occurred on […]

Dressing the General

Rebecca Singer Chicago, Illinois, USA   While not the clinic where this story took place, this very rural health center in a developing nation highlights the challenging environment in which health care is provided by dedicated, hardworking staff. “Rebecca, can you help me with a dressing change?” Clarence, the nurse and secessionist fighter, asked from […]

Abandon

Chris Bird London, Great Britain   Patient details have been changed to protect patient confidentiality. Once a month, the heads of service at Lulimba Hospital, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, sit in the meeting room (hard wooden benches in a hut of beaten earth, roofed with plastic sheeting) to go over […]