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Honoring the Ebola Fighters #UMassMed2015

June 2, 2015

Video: How UMass Medical School is making a difference in Liberia


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Ebola fighters honored at Commencement.

With the support of a $7.5 million Paul G. Allen Family Foundation grant, UMass Medical School committed to help stem the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, and, with the virus gone, is now leading the drive to rebuild its health care system.

“The difference that we’ve tried to make is to try to protect the health care workers from Ebola,” said Patricia McQuilken, MD, clinical associate professor of pediatrics, a project leader on the grant and co-director of the Academic Consortium Combating Ebola in Liberia (ACCEL). “When the Ebola epidemic happened, we were watching from the U.S. as many of our friends and colleagues that we worked with in Liberia were becoming infected and dying from the Ebola virus. 

“With the grant funding that we received we were able to provide training and protective gear to the health care workers at 22 government hospitals so that they knew how to protect themselves from this horrible epidemic.”

Thirteen Ebola fighters who work with ACCEL were honored for their work at UMass Medical School’s 42nd Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 31. Learn more about how UMass Medical School is making a difference in Liberia in this video.