Meet the ‘lullaby singers’ who hold the key to defeating Ebola

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Meet the ‘lullaby singers’ who hold the key to defeating Ebola

They are the invaluable survivors who volunteer to comfort victims of the terrifying virus in the DRC

Adrian Blomfield

For a patient diagnosed with perhaps the world’s most chilling disease, Congo’s Ebola treatment centres are a terrifying place to be.

From the moment they test positive, victims are placed in sealed bio-secure units. As they teeter between life and death, almost the only physical contact they have with the outside world is with doctors clad head to toe in decontamination suits.

There is one exception, however: in almost every transparent plastic cell, a survivor of Ebola, now immune to the disease, offers solace, encouragement and – because there is no need for protective garb – a human touch...

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