University pilots Ebola scheme

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Researchers from the University of York have piloted a mental health training programme for nurses amid the Ebola outbreak.

Academics from its International Centre for Mental Health Social Research have visited Sierra Leone three times in the past two years to carry out a feasibility study. More recently they helped train a group of 20 nurses, now placed in 14 districts to lead mental health services across the country.

The Sababu Training Programme offers techniques for training mental health workers and developing social networks.

Meredith Newlin, who travelled to Freetown in Sierra Leone in April, said it highlighted: “the importance of building and maintaining relationships with other supportive people in their communities”.