Students head to Sierra Leone to study ebola virus

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Two postgraduate Masters students from Sheffield University are preparing to travel to Sierra Leone in a few weeks, to carry out research projects at the University of Makeni.

Alice Johnson and Yoon Young Cho - who are both studying Public Health and International Development in Sheffield University’s Geography Department - chose to apply for the placement because it offered them the opportunity to get involved in the University of Makeni’s work on Ebola. For their Masters dissertations they will be researching the survivors’ physical health status and the social and community impacts of the disease.

Whilst there, Alice and Yoon will help teach epidemiology to the university’s Public Health students, with a special focus on how to use new softwares.