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An Ebola Strategy Brings Good News to Liberian Town

Jon Hamilton | NPR   in 
October 28, 2014

In one corner of Liberia, a community has come together to change the course of the deadly epidemic. New cases have been brought to a standstill. This success shows that it’s going to take more than extra beds at a ward to stop Ebola.

When Doctors Without Borders arrived in the northern district of Foya in early August, Ebola was out of control. Foya was the first area in Liberia to report cases, and the community has been hit hard.

“At the peak, there were 125 patients in the center,” says Katy Athersuch, the local communications officer for Doctors Without Borders. “It was a very, very busy time and very stressful.”

Since then, a lot has changed in this district, which borders Guinea and Sierra Leone. Those changes are the most obvious inside the Ebola care center run by Doctors Without Borders in Foya.

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