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In October SLWT organised 3 roadshows in the UK, London - 20th October, Manchester -23rd October and Birmingham 28th October.
Speaking and participating at these were UK Med, Médecins Sans Frontiéres (MSF), Save the Children, Kings Sierra Leone Partnership,
Public Health England and GOAL.
The roadshow was to bring closer to the general public the agencies recruiting health care workers and non-health care workers - clinicians as well as non-clinicians. It was also to enable interested volunteers to put their questions and concerns directly to those who would be responsible for them before going out, i.e. the training they will receive; whilst out on mission - the conditions, facilities and environment they would be working and on return, what help and support would be available to them.
Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, chair SLWT, opened all three events by first thanking the UK Government for its support especially in the building of Ebola Treatment Centres in Sierra Leone and with a plea for more to consider helping Sierra Leone at this critical stage. "We need people, and especially health care workers to manage these facilities and make sure that they are effective." The event attracted worldwide media coverage, which allowed us to reach more volunteers.:
BBC Breakfast News coverage: http://bbc.in/1w0twaB
Sky News live coverage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzx6DLNrjPk
Norway live coverage: http://tv.nrk.no/serie/kveldsnytt/NNFA23102114/21-10-2014#t=5m12s
Over 200 people attended these roadshows and as many as 50 registered their interest to volunteer; 2 of whom have been selected to go out on the first UK deployment of health care workers in mid-November.
Thank you to all how attended, if you would like to support Sierra Leone during this Ebola crisis and want to offer your services click here
Sky News pre event coverage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UE6ApHPaQ0
Australia pre event coverage: http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2014/s4109766.htm
BBC Five Live pre event coverage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8zpaYrZ5nU