What’s It Like to Be an Aid Worker in Sierra Leone During the Ebola Crisis
“You have a huge pool of infected people and you have bad sanitation — it’s horrendous.”
Carrie Jo Cain, 48, is a registered nurse at Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota St. Paul Campus in Minnesota and a World Hope International volunteer who just returned from hand-delivering medical supplies to a hospital in Kamakwie, a small town in Bombali District of Sierra Leone. It’s where Cain, an American who now lives in Fridely, Minnesota, spent the bulk of her childhood, and it’s a country that’s fending off the Ebola epidemic responsible for an estimated 622 deaths and another 1,682 infections, according to data provided by the World Health Organization from the Ministries of Health. Cain visits periodically to train health care staff and plans to move there full time with her husband next year. She spoke to Cosmopolitan.com about what it’s really like in Sierra Leone and how the situation there compares to the one now in the U.S.