My brother who works for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is spending his birthday this year in Sierra Leone, where he is on mission to support the people fighting to contain the Ebola outbreak. This challenge is in honor of him and his colleagues (not just at the CDC -- all the people responding to the crisis and those working to eradicate the conditions that favor such viruses), but ultimately to help the people affected by the virus. Photo courtesy of the CDC photo library.
Here's his description of his first week on site: "I have been here for 1 week. I can only say that the people on the front lines working in the most horrific call center ever, working on door to door surveillance, working on the ambulance teams, working on the burial teams, working in the "hospitals" are all truly amazing heroes. I cannot hold a candle to the work they are doing here.
As for the CDC staff on the ground, I have never seen such intense determination. Most of us typically work 12-14 hour days and are just worn out as we head up stairs for bed. Yet somehow, we are all back at the table at 7:30 next morning running another stand-up meeting.
I can only imagine what it would be like without all of these amazing, caring people.