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Frontline Nurses


The 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in western African countries was a devastating epidemic in which healthcare workers confronted soaring contagion and mortality.  In summer 2019, a team of nursing and midwifery leaders conducted oral history interviews with a group of frontline Ebola nurses and midwives in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Their stories and insights show the crucial role of nursing leadership in epidemic response and offer essential lessons for health care and policymaking today.

Listen to the voices of the nurses and read excerpts from their oral histories.

Oral Histories

Read excerpts from the oral histories we conducted with frontline Ebola nurses and midwives in summer 2019, and hear their voices. Right: Adella Combey, a nurse interviewed in Sierra Leone.

Wilhelmina W.G. Flomo


The 2014 Ebola crisis lasted for over two years and spread across West Africa. Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia were hit hardest. This timeline tells the story of the outbreak through key dates from those difficult years.



Learn more about the history of the epidemic and the region. Learn about important contributing factors during the Ebola crisis itself and the post-Ebola recovery period.