"Can Karolinska Institutet contribute to the battle against Ebola?"

KI´s Vice-Chancellor Anders Hamsten:

"As you all know, the Ebola virus is spreading rapidly and seriously endangering affected areas. Voluntary doctors and nurses from all over the world are working around the clock to contain the spread of infection and help the sick. One of the experts who have been working for the WHO, coordinating aid and mobilising resources in Sierra Leone, is Johan von Schreeb, researcher at the Department of Public Health Sciences at KI. Last week, Johan started up a large interdisciplinary team at KI with the ambition of linking Ebola research from cell to system level.

And there are many at KI who want to help. Johan told me that he receives calls from KI scientists with innovative ideas on how to stop the spread of Ebola. All these ideas are important and worth considering. With these few lines, I wish to emphasize how valuable it is that KI’s researchers are putting their minds to how we can bring scientific collaborations and innovative ideas to the fight against Ebola and its devastating effects. Contact person for scientific collaborations is Taha Hirbod at Centre for Global Health, KI: taha.hirbod@ki.se

Thanks to all of you who have already – or are intending to – become involved in the battle against Ebola, in whatever way. Your contributions make an enormous difference – both to the individual and to mankind as a whole.

We must also train healthcare staff for work on the ground in West Africa. KI has now teamed up with Doctors Without Borders, the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) to arrange three separate two-day courses on containing the Ebola virus and the practicalities of fieldwork. The first course will start next week (13 October). Our hope is that we will be able to train 60 people for forthcoming health interventions. Please, inform your colleagues and friends about these courses so that the information reaches as many as possible: Two-day training on fieldmanagement and control of Ebola.

Finally, I would like to say a word of thanks to all of you who have already – or are intending to – become involved in the battle against Ebola, in whatever way. Your contributions make an enormous difference – both to the individual and to mankind as a whole."

Bild av KI:s rektor Anders Hamsten.

 

 

 

Anders Hamsten, Vice-Chancellor

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