Best Ebola Response

Water Missions International in Liberia

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In case you haven’t read about Water Missions International before, you should know that they do life-saving work every day of the year, all over the world. The organization’s water filtration systems, assembled by volunteers at their headquarters in North Charleston, have been installed in developing countries in response to ongoing health crises and catastrophic emergencies. In recent years, they’ve helped set up clean water access after natural disasters struck Haiti, Peru, and the Philippines. In 2014, as news broke of a deadly Ebola outbreak in several West African countries, WMI sprang into action, sending staff members to Liberia to set up systems that provided clean drinking water for up to 100,000 people. Additionally, Dr. Jeff Deal, WMI’s director of health studies, volunteered the use of the TRU-D Smart UVC, a robot he invented to disinfect hospital rooms with UV light. After training hospital workers to use the device, he met with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a 2011 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. In a blog post about the meeting in September, Deal wrote, “I said only seven words to her, which she then turned and repeated in a near shout. I told her, ‘Madam President, you will win this war.’”
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