Workers with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) are among those included in a group that TIME magazine has called The Ebola Fighters, who the publication has collectively named as its Person of the Year for 2014.
In her summary of the 2014 selection, TIME editor Nancy Gibb describes an outbreak that "struck doctors and nurses in unprecedented numbers, wiping out a public-health infrastructure that was weak in the first place." At one point last summer in Liberia, she continues, "six pregnant women lost their babies when hospitals couldn’t admit them for complications. Anyone willing to treat Ebola victims ran the risk of becoming one."
With 3,400 MSF staff still in West Africa responding to the Ebola crisis and the number of patients affected by the outbreak continuing to grow, the fight against the virus is still far from won, and the human toll it continues to take is immeasurable. As MSF international president Dr. Joanne Liu tells Gibb, “You see people facing death without their loved ones, only with people in space suits. You should not die alone with space-suit men.”
But MSF joins TIME magazine in recognizing the tireless efforts of our staff and those of other organizations on the ground in West Africa working to bring an end to this devastating epidemic.
You can watch the video of Nancy Gibb's description of TIME's choice for 2014's Person of the Year in the video below: