Emmanuel Ganal (d. May 13, 2011)

Dear All,

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of our colleague Emmanuel Ganal, a Philippino expatriate in Sierra Leone. Emmanuel was a first mission gynaecologist recently recruited by MSF-Hong-Kong.
He passed away due to a sudden illness, on Friday 13th May in Dakar. Emmanuel was working in GRC Hospital in Sierra Leone since March 2011. He was 36 years old. For those of you who would like to express their sympathies to the family, do not hesitate to send an e-mail to jaggu.singh@msf.org.hk.

Yours sincerely,
Sébastien Roy, HR Director


16 May 2011 Freetown, Sierra Leone

On behalf of the Sierra Leone Mission MSF-OC B, I offer my deepest condolences for the tragic loss of our friend and colleague Emmanuel Ganal. We knew him for a relatively short time and yet in that period he made a large, substantial impact on myself, his co-workers, house mates, and on the many dozens of patients whose lives he saved. Emmanuel had the humanitarian spirit and drive to do this kind of work that few have the courage to do and he was extremely happy and proud to be part of our team. With out any doubt, that feeling was reciprocated by the entire team here in Sierra Leone.

In a quiet moment one evening in Bo after work, Emmanuel and I shared some noodles and a glass of beer. We had a reflective conversation about how each of us arrived at this moment in our lives. I told him my story of how I originally got involved with MSF in 1998, the missions I had worked on, other Philippine friends I had in MSF, etc. Emmanuel described to me in detail his studies, his long years of specialization training in Gynecology and Obstetrics, and that this was one of the factors that kept him from joining MSF earlier. While tired from the days work, he was settled, happy, and content in that moment. This is how I know Emmanuel. This is how I remember him.

Stuart Zimble, HoM

(... from CONTACT No.113)

By: Rebecca Cederholm