Richard felt compelled to travel to West Africa, document the circumstances in the field, find out where the gaps are and become an advocate for the sort of response that the international community needs to take.
Richard undertook meetings with representatives from the World Health Organization, the United Nations coordinating team, NGOs and hospitals and charity operations fighting the epidemic. Richard will also visited the Australian field hospital operated by Canberra-based Aspen Medical.
Whilst welcoming the government’s change of heart on the deployment of Australian personnel to West Africa, Richard remains concerned remain about the nature and scale of Australia's involvement.
Video blogs documenting his visit can be viewed below.