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Amanda - Australia

“I hadn’t dreamt of becoming a nurse. I hadn’t pictured myself dressing wounds by lamplight with a little red cross embroidered over my heart.

"I thought I might be a cartoonist, or a teacher,” says aid worker Amanda. She has worked on frontlines of everything from the Boxing Day Tsunami to the 2014-16 ebola outbreak.

“There was a “no touch” rule between people when it came to ebola — no handshakes, no hugs, no casual pats on the shoulder — but it very quickly became clear to me that we couldn’t touch anything at all. Ebola has a three-week incubation period and we had no idea who was infected at any time.”

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