University of Massachusetts Medical School was awarded $7.5 million dollars by Seattle Philanthropist Paul Allen to fight the Ebola virus. The money will go toward helping to underwrite training, medical workers and lab equipment in Liberia, where the public health system struggles for funding and many district hospitals are closed.
Dr. Michael Collins, Chancellor of the UMass Medical School, tells WGBH the U.S. State Department approached the school because of its long-standing work in Liberia since 2006. Collins says the way to solve the Ebola virus problem and prevent the illness from spreading is to curtail the disease. Collins says the Liberian President has written a letter saying Ebola is the world's problem. To support the fight and help in the training contact the school at its website : http://umassmed.edu/globalhealth/