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September 29, 2014

More Doctors Volunteering for Duty in Fight Against Ebola

A fear-fueled shortage of doctors and nurses willing to volunteer to battle the Ebola virus in West Africa is easing, reports The New York Times. But experts say it will be a long time yet before field hospitals being built in the region by the U.S. military are sufficiently staffed with trained medical professionals to keep up with the outbreak, which is growing by 600 new cases a week.

As Ebola spread rapidly over the summer and infections of health workers were reported, Doctors Without Borders and the International Medical Corps—among the few aid groups that were treating patients—had almost no volunteers. Each now has more than 100, as does Partners in Health, which recently joined the Ebola fight.

The U.S. Agency for International Development has signed up more than 1,600 potential volunteers. "It really turned around in the last two weeks," said Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, USAID's assistant administrator for global health, noting heightened media coverage of the outbreak and appeals by President Obama and other leaders.

Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy article on the work of Doctors Without Borders in fighting Ebola.