A very different kind of battlefield…

Colonel Alison L McCourt OBE ARRC was commanding officer of the Kerry Town Treatment Unit in Sierra Leone between October 2014 and May 2015, during the battle against the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded.

In recognition of her work in West Africa, Colonel McCourt was awarded an OBE. It was thus a very great privilege to welcome her to the prep school to talk to Year Six about her work in West Africa. The presentation, during which the children sat completely riveted, was the opening of their PHSE topic focusing on the work of the World Health Organisation and disease control. Colonel McCourt explained how the conditions in West Africa at the time created the ‘perfect storm’, enabling the deadly virus to spread so rapidly. She then gave details of how she and her team fought the virus on this most deadly of battlegrounds, resulting in the area eventually being declared Ebola free.

There was time for questions afterwards, and the Year Six pupils had many intelligent ones to ask. Our sincere thanks got to Colonel McCourt for such an engaging presentation.