Some survivors are able to go home, but they’re not always welcome. Many are told they can’t get water from a shared tap or sell food at community markets, says Elizabeth Boakarie, a counselor at the hospital. Every night, she and her colleague, social worker Gladys Gassama, speak on radio shows, telling listeners to stop shunning survivors.
Another survivor at the hospital is a 26-year-old man named Kitibe. “I was tormented when I was in the Ebola ward,” he says. “There was [so much] pain within my body.”
Kitibe has recovered and is ready to be discharged. Social worker Gladys Gassama takes a seat next to him for a counseling session about life after Ebola. She tells him that people in his community probably know that he had Ebola. She says when he goes home, he should try to educate people about the disease and should not act as if he’s contagious because people might think he is.