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2014 "Swede of the Year" Award goes to Ebola doctor

Published torsdag 11 december 2014 kl 17.10
"I think there's been a fear but also a lack of knowledge about Ebola"
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Doctor Johan von Schreeb named "Swede of the Year" by Fokus magazine.Photo:Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT

Doctor Johan von Schreeb was on Thursday named "The Swede of the Year" for 2014 by current affairs magazine Fokus.

Previously won by names such as writer and comedian Jonas Gardell and popstar Robyn, this year's choice has gone to one of the three people behind the setting up in 1993 of the Swedish branch of Doctors without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres). Fokus said that it had given the award to the 53 year-old because of his work in helping people affected by natural catastrophes, epidemics and wars and giving "hope where dreams of a better world collide brutally with reality".

The magazine said that by setting up a Doctors without Borders in Sweden, Johan von Schreeb had pioneered a way for many followers, who at great personal risk, alleviate suffering. The Swede has been heavily involved helping Ebola sufferers in Africa.

He was interviewed by Radio Sweden back in October as he helped train volunteer health workers in the safety precautions needed when dealing with patients with the Ebola virus in Africa.

US Time magazine also named Ebola healthcare workers in West Africa for its 'Person of the Year' award for 2014.

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