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The mental health professional at the feet of the Ebola virus: individual treatment and global mental challenges

  • Jude Mary Cénat (a1), Oléa Balayulu-Makila (a2), Daniel Derivois (a3), Nereah Felix (a4), Joana N. Mukunzi (a5), Jacqueline Bukaka (a6), Jean-Pierre Birangui (a7) and Cécile Rousseau (a8)...

Summary

Mental health professionals form an important component of the response teams currently working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to treat what is historically the second-largest Ebola outbreak. They provide psychological treatment to patients under extraordinary conditions, helping them cope with anxiety and the daily death of other patients.

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Correspondence: Jude Mary Cénat, School of Psychology, University of Ottawa, 4017 Vanier Hall, 136 Jean-Jacques-Lussier, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5, Canada. Email: jcenat@uottawa.ca

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1World Health Organization (WHO). Ebola Virus Disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo: External Situation Report 34. WHO, 2019 (https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/311507/SITREP_EVD_DRC_20190326-eng.pdf?ua=1).
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The mental health professional at the feet of the Ebola virus: individual treatment and global mental challenges

  • Jude Mary Cénat (a1), Oléa Balayulu-Makila (a2), Daniel Derivois (a3), Nereah Felix (a4), Joana N. Mukunzi (a5), Jacqueline Bukaka (a6), Jean-Pierre Birangui (a7) and Cécile Rousseau (a8)...
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