Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa

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Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa
Ebola medal obverse reverse.png
Obverse and reverse of the medal
Awarded by UK
TypeService medal
EligibilityBritish forces and civilian personnel
Awarded for21 days of continuous service or 30 days accumulated service on working visits of 48 hours or more to the operating area.
Campaign(s)Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa
StatusAwarded for service between 23 March 2014 to 29 March 2016
DescriptionNickel-silver, 36mm diameter
EstablishedJune 2015
Total awarded3,000+[1]
RelatedIraq Reconstruction Service Medal
Civilian Service Medal (Afghanistan)
Ebola medal ribbon.png
Ribbon bar

The Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa, known simply as the Ebola Medal, is a service medal for issue to the Armed Forces and to civilians, working either for Her Majesty's Government or for non-governmental organisations, in support of the British Government's response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa between March 2014 and March 2016. The medal is the first medal awarded by the UK Government for a humanitarian crisis response.[1]


The medal was manufactured by Worcestershire Medal Service.[2]

  • It is a circular, nickel-silver medal, 36mm diameter. It is suspended from a ribbon by way of a swivel straight bar.
  • The obverse, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley,[1] has the legend "ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FID.DEF." and the effigy of Elizabeth II wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara.
  • The reverse is a design by John Bergdahl, and features a flame on a background depicting the Ebola virus – above this are the words “For Service” and below “West Africa Ebola Epidemic”.[1]

The name of the recipient (name and title if civilian; name, rank and serial number if military) is engraved on the rim of the medal.[2]


The ribbon consists of a central yellow stripe, flanked by blue and white stripes, and symmetrical red stripes flanked by green stripes either side. These represent the colours from the national flags of the countries in West Africa affected by Ebola.[2]

Order of Precedence[edit]

The medal is worn immediately after the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service.[3]


The qualifying period for award of the medal is from 23 March 2014 until 29 March 2016.[4] The medal is awarded either for 21 days of continuous service within the operating area, or 30 days accumulated service on working visits of 48 hours or more to the operating area. In the event of qualifying service ending prematurely due to death, serious illness, evacuation or disability due to service, where the individual had otherwise been expected to complete their service, the reduced service length will be deemed as qualification for the award.[2]

The following groups are eligible for award:[2]

The operating area is classified as the territory and/or territorial waters of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea; these three countries were defined by the World Health Organization as having had "widespread and intense transmission" of the Ebola virus.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Ebola medal for over 3000 heroes". gov.uk. HM Government. 11 June 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "The Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa" (PDF). gov.uk. HMSO. June 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Order of Wear compiled from London Gazette and Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood" (PDF). Worcestershire Medal Service. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Medals: campaigns, descriptions and eligibility". HM Government. Retrieved 11 February 2018.

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