Table 4

Themes and subthemes of the qualitative analysis

The immediate need to careCaring is not optional
Helping the sick person
Knowing the risk and taking precautions
Ambivalent perception of the health system and its capacitiesMedical help as a solution
Health system/Ebola response do not provide a solution
Fearing separation
Unpreparedness and lack of resourcesDid not take it for Ebola initially
Receiving information
Financial constraints and lack of resources
Social disruption and exclusionNegative impact on family structures
Fear leads to exclusion
Fear and preventive measures during the outbreak impact society