The Next Mile Project hosted a panel discussion concerning the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Experts from nonprofits working in Liberia and Sierra Leone discussed the unprecedented nature of the current epidemic and the emergency response plans they have had to create and implement in light of it.
Read notes from our discussion here: From the Frontlines of the Ebola Crisis: Grassroots Responses from Local NGOs
About our panel:
Raphael Frankfurter is the Executive Director of Wellbody Alliance, a healthcare NGO that operates a primary care center in Kono District, Sierra Leone. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Anthropology and a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. At Princeton, he was the winner of a 2011 Davis Projects for Peace Prize, the Adel Mahmoud Global Health Scholars Prize, and the Henry R. Labouisse ’26 Fellowship for international development.
Wellbody has helped lead the response efforts to the Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone, implementing the largest distribution system of protective gear and medicine in the country and advocating for sensitive and communicative community engagement in order to stop the spread of the virus.
Saran Kaba Jones is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FACE Africa, a nonprofit that provides drinking water to rural communities in Liberia. Prior to FACE Africa, Jones worked with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University and the Singapore Economic Development Board. She has received numerous accolades for her work as a clean water social entrepreneur, including being named a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and one of Forbes Magazine’s 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa.
FACE Africa is part of the Special Presidential Task Force on Ebola Response in Rivercess County, Liberia. They have been working throughout the county to help contain the disease, conducting Ebola awareness and prevention workshops, funding local radio broadcasts about Ebola and donating disinfectant supplies throughout the country.
Subarna Mukherjee is the Frontline Health Systems Director at Last Mile Health, an NGO which aims to bring quality health care to remote regions of Liberia. Prior to joining Last Mile Health, she was a surgical oncology nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her global health experience includes working to improve nutrition and physical activity policy for Georgia public health, a Peace Corps tour in a fishing village on the coast of Honduras where she worked on a variety of community health issues, and providing palliative care at an HIV/AIDS care home in India as a William J. Clinton Fellow. She holds a B.A. in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia, obtained her M.S. in Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Leader form Medical College of Georgia, and is anticipated to obtain her Master of Public Health in Global Health from University of Maryland this summer.
Last Mile Health is part of a nationwide response effort to end the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. They are working with the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to train and equip frontline health workers and referral health centers to recognize the signs of Ebola, to isolate, refer and treat patients, and to educate communities to prevent further spread of the virus.