Rashid Lahai (d. February 28, 2013)

Very sadly, on 28 February one of our ambulance drivers Rashid Lahai passed away due to Lassa fever infection. Rashid worked with MSF in Sierra Leone since 2008 and he leaves an inspiring mark that his colleagues and friends will not forget. He loved his work and performed it with dedication and passion. All who met him will remember him as a strong and friendly man, always available for his colleagues and highly committed to MSF’s humanitarian work.

Our condolences go to Rashid and his family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time. Lassa fever is endemic in the area. The mission had implemented very solid Lassa fever diagnosis capacity, but is looking at whether anything needs to be improved regarding staff health and follow-up.


There are no words that can express how sorry we are to announce the death of our colleague, RASHID LAHAI. He had been working with MSFBelgium in Bo Project, since 1st January 2008 to 1st March 2013 as an ambulance driver. He was forty (40) years old and leaves behind five (5) children (age between 5 to 19 years old), without a mother who also passed away two years ago. He was dedicated and very flexible worker. He was always smiling and quite handy. We were very stunned when we heard this sad news and still we can’t believe that it really happened. Rashid we are so sad for your absence but our thoughts are for you and your family.

WE PRAY THAT THE LOVE OF GOD ENFOLDS YOU AT YOUR RESTING PLACE AND HELP YOU THROUGH THE PASSAGE OF HEAVEN

The drivers and the logistic team of Bo – Sierra Leone


Rashid was a strong Ambassador to the Mission and MSF-Belgium. He was diligent in his Mission and always with smiling face. He loves friends and was always making fun amongst friends. He always offered a helping hand to patients who wanted to come in his car, Bravo 52. Rashid we love you but God Loves you most. We shall ever remember you - may the Lord Guide you and Protect your children left behind.

Written by the Ambulances Team

By: Göran Svedin