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Anne Carey - WA Australian of the Year


Australian Red Cross aid worker Anne Carey has been named Australian of the Year, Western Australia, for her bravery fighting Ebola in West Africa.

Monday November 9, 2015

WA Australian of the Year, Anne Carey working at an Ebola Treatment Centre in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Photo: Michael Duff/Australian Red Cross

Australian Red Cross aid worker Anne Carey has been named Australian of the Year, Western Australia, for her bravery fighting Ebola in West Africa.

Anne Carey worked in Sierra Leone on three assignments, alongside thousands of other brave local Red Cross volunteers, to help treat the sick, run Ebola treatment centres and dispose of contagious dead bodies safely.

The award comes as the World Health Organisation has just declared Sierra Leone officially Ebola free, for the first time since the deadly disease broke out in West Africa, nearly two years ago.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed more than 11,300 lives, with more than 28,500 people infected, mainly across three countries, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea.

Liberia is also officially Ebola free while a few cases of Ebola remain in Guinea.

Hundreds of thousands of people across West Africa are recovering from the economic and health impacts of Ebola. The disease caused widespread damage to the health systems. Hundreds of local doctors and nurses died.

Schools and agriculture shut down in many areas across the region. Thousands of local Red Cross volunteers are still helping their communities to recover and preventing further outbreaks.

Previously, Anne Carey has worked in Darfur, Sudan, in South Sudan and in Papua New Guinea.

Anne Carey is now one of the finalists to become Australian of the Year, 2016.

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