Thrust Upon Me: My Personal Experience With the Ebola Response in Liberia

November 5, 2014 5:20 PM

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I returned to Liberia in April of this year, after a one year absence, with a team from the Division of Global Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, to conduct a rapid assessment of Mental Health services and interventions in New Kru Town, a drug infested ghetto outlying Monrovia. There were then five reported cases of Ebola virus disease and one reported death.

In 2005, I chaired Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's Transition Team on Health and Social Welfare, after she won the presidential election. The entire health system had been ravaged by fifteen years of war. This ten person team conducted an assessment in three weeks and made a report to the Transition Committ...

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