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Building Ebola Treatment Units to Foster Hope, Healing in Liberia

Tejanie Golafaley, an Ebola survivor, saw it as his personal mission to work at the USAID-supported Ebola treatment unit in Tubmanburg. “I want to explain my story to patients [so that] they can start to take courage.” / Carol Han, USAID/OFDA

In the Bomi Hills northwest of Monrovia, in an area that used to be the region’s iron and diamond mining center, it’s hard to miss the new “precious resource” that has become critical to Liberia’s fight against Ebola. Four stark white tents gleam in the sun, the most prominent part of the new Ebola treatment […]

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Recapturing Growth in Ebola-Stricken West Africa

With funding and support from USAID, construction crews work quickly to build a new Ebola treatment unit in Monrovia, Liberia, in front of the former Ministry of Defense building, Oct. 1, 2014

USAID is working with reformers highlighted in World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2015 to partner with West African governments to tackle the economic challenges caused by the Ebola epidemic.

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Bill Berger: “There is no book on responding to this Ebola crisis… we’re writing it now.”

General Darryl Williams, Bill Berger, and U.S. Ambasador to Liberia Deborah Malac.

This is the fifth installment in our Profiles in Courage series in which photojournalist Morgana Wingard compiles snapshots and sound bites from our USAID and Disaster Assistance Response Team staff on the front lines of the Ebola response. Here she talks to the leader of USAID’s Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team, Bill Berger.

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First Look at a New Hospital for Ebola Aid Workers: 10 Photos You’ve Never Seen

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Earlier this month, USAID Administrator Raj Shah toured a new 25-bed critical care hospital being built by the U.S. Government in Harbel, Liberia to treat health care and aid workers who fall ill to Ebola. These 10 exclusive photos offer a first look into the new facility.

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Paloma and Alisha: The Information Gurus Behind the U.S. Ebola Response

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This is the fourth installment in our Profiles in Courage series in which photojournalist Morgana Wingard compiles snapshots and sound bites from our USAID and Disaster Assistance Response Team staff on the front lines of the Ebola response. Here she talks to two U.S. Government Information Officers, the team that trafficks in facts and keeps the lines of information open so that the DART team’s efforts are coordinated and efficient.

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“I’ve Never Had a Job Like This”: Life Inside an Ebola Treatment Unit

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California nurse, Audrey Rangel, works at the Ebola treatment unit in Bong County. She explains what it’s really like and talks about one of the patients she met inside. Watch the video and go inside the Ebola response with Audrey.

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Justin Pendarvis: “We have to demystify Ebola. It’s not a superhuman and magical thing.”

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This is the third in our Profiles in Courage series in which photojournalist Morgana Wingard compiles snapshots and sound bites from our USAID and Disaster Assistance Response Team staff on the front lines of the Ebola response. Here she and USAID’s Natalie Hawwa talk to the first man on the ground with USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team, Public Health Advisor Justin Pendarvis.

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Calling all Innovators to Help Fight Ebola

Health workers in personal protective equipment (PPE) wait to enter the hot zone at Island Clinic in Monrovia, Liberia on Sept 22. 2014. PPE is their primary protection, but it is also the greatest source of stress

Today, West Africa faces the largest Ebola epidemic in history. A new Grand Challenge for Development is calling on innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs to generate pioneering solutions that help health care workers on the front lines provide better care and contain this devastating virus.

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The Fight on Ebola Continues in the Lab

Entrance to the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research -- once a testing facility for Hepatitis B, currently the national lab for diseases like Malaria, Cholera, and now, Ebola.

The Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research was established in the 1970s as a premier research facility to develop scientific breakthroughs for a variety of viral infections, including hepatitis. Now, the facility finds itself drawn into an epidemiological battle against another outbreak, this time as one of only a handful of laboratories where Ebola specimens are sent to be tested. The U.S. Government is joining forces to boost its capacity.

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At the Heart of Ebola — Health Systems That Need Strengthening

Health workers in personal protective equipment (PPE) wait to enter the hot zone at Island Clinic / Morgana Wingard

The Ebola epidemic reminds us that our global efforts to build the capacity to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to infectious disease threats like Ebola have never been more vital. If we use all of our might to ramp up the response to Ebola while also investing in strengthening critical health care systems, we can help bring the current epidemic under control and reduce the possibility of future outbreaks.

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