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winter 2018

Close responds to Ebola crisis in West Africa

In November Dr. Katy Close ’83 left for Liberia as a member of the AmeriCares Ebola Team. On the technical or lead committee with two other doctors, Close will work with a team of 20 support, nursing, lab and environmental professionals to respond to the Ebola crisis.

Close, who volunteers in local AmeriCares free clinics, has been affiliated with AmeriCares since moving to Stamford, Conn., to pursue a graduate degree in public health administration from Johns Hopkins University.

AmeriCares has been actively responding to the Ebola crisis in West Africa since early spring 2014 enabling local partners to provide health care through emergency funding as well as delivery of critically needed medicines, medical supplies and personal protective equipment. Now AmeriCares is collaborating to operate a 100-bed Ebola Treatment Unit in Liberia.

In the long term, AmeriCares will use the Buchanan Ebola treatment center as the hub of community outreach, training for local health workers and other services that strengthen healthcare in the surrounding communities.

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