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The Ebola crisis may have left the headlines in the U.S., but the battle against this epidemic is still taking place in Africa.
USciences students in American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), Microbiology Club, and American Pharmacists Association (APhA) are raising awareness and fundraising for combating Ebola in West Africa.
Sam Turray MPH’12 is a health advisor to the president in Sierra Leone. He has been helping quarantined citizens and healthcare workers there through a charity he founded while at USciences—Hands for Life. Turray has been communicating about the dire situation in that country in regards to the thousands of deaths and infected individuals, and the lack of basic food, water, and medical supplies for those in quarantine.
In response, USciences students have put together an impressive lineup of events to raise awareness about the virus, and Turray and the health department’s efforts to combat it in Sierra Leone.
On Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, from 7 to 9 p.m., in PTC 140, the students groups will have a live internet presentation from Jana Telfer and Jennifer McQuiston from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The two healthcare workers recently returned from Liberia and Sierra Leone where they helped with the epidemic. In addition, Fatamah Turay, Sam's wife and a nurse at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, will also share some first-hand experiences from her husband's work and what it was like in Sierra Leone at the outset of the outbreak.
The speakers will be preceded by "E-bola-Pasta." For $5, event-goers are treated to ‘all-you-can-eat’ pasta, salad, bread, and drinks all while listening to world-class experts and those with first-hand experience in treating Ebola patients.
Behavioral and Social Sciences faculty member Dr. Claudia Parvanta, formerly with the CDC, will introduce the speakers and help field questions from the audience.
The students will also host a bingo night on Monday, February 2, 2015, and will be selling “popcorn gloves” at all events. Finally, student representatives will be visiting classrooms to share “Facts vs. Myths” to help efforts in reducing stigmatization associated with the Ebola infection. All proceeds will go to Hands For Life charity in Sierra Leone, which uses all money for purchasing and disturbing supplies to quarantined communities.
Anybody interested in donating can go to: https://www.crowdrise.com/EbolaEmergencyinSierraLeone/fundraiser/claudiaparvanta
For more information about this event, contact:
Kazim Ali PHB’17 at firstname.lastname@example.org - AIBS
Mohsena Sumaya BI’17 at email@example.com - Microbiology Club