March 17, 2015

Despite Ebola Scare, Partners in Health Will Stay in West Africa

Boston charity Partners in Health will continue its efforts to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa, even as one of its workers is ill with the disease and others are beng monitored after potential exposure, The Boston Globe reports. Paul Farmer, who helped found the charity, says the aid work on the ground in Liberia and Sierra Leone will continue to expand.

Over the weekend, 10 aid workers were evacuated to the United States from Sierra Leone after caring for their sick colleague and possibly coming into contact with the virus. On Monday an 11th clinician was scheduled to join them for monitoring.

The charity counts more than 2,000 employees in West Africa, including some locals and more than 150 Americans, many of whom serve as clinicians for five-week periods.