Doctors, researchers and academics who risked their lives to fight Ebola were celebrated for their efforts with a medal from the Queen. Nearly 80 members of staff at Oxford University who helped tackle the crisis in West Africa, which claimed nearly 18,000 lives, received medals for their work combating the killer virus.
Emerging infectious disease Professor Peter Horby was one of those who received the honour, given on behalf of the Queen.
Public Lecture by Professor Peter Horby: Science in a crisis, fast-forwarding clinical research for Ebola
Interview with Professor Horby on Emerging Infectious Diseases
When dealing with Ebola and other deadly biohazards, great care needs to be taken when putting on (donning) and taking off (doffing) personal protective equipment (PPE). Watch two doctors from our team demonstrate how to do it right:
Ebola - Donning and Doffing PPE
Public Health England’s Ebola medal recognizes the bravery and hard work of the British people who helped stop the spread of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2015, and Oxford University’s Ebola medals also recognize the contribution of its many non-UK staff who contributed to this effort. At an award ceremony in Exeter College on 17th September 2015, the Ebola medals were given out to the award winners by Sir Andrew Hamilton (Vice Chancellor, Oxford University) and Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe (Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine).