May 22, 2015
Sando Dogba (MASHLM 05) has served in many humanitarian hotspots; Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan. But for the past 6 months he has been working in his own country, Liberia, helping win the fight against Ebola.
Last November, Sando joined John Snow Inc (JSI), serving as their supply chain management advisor with the Infection Prevention & Control Activity project. Sando is responsible for last-mile distribution of Ebola supplies, including life saving personal protective equipment (PPE), to all the health facilities in Liberia. He is quite happy with what he has accomplished so far:
"With adequate technical, leadership and strategic skills learnt from Lugano, our project has been able to impact lives tremendously."
On May 9th the World Health Organization declared Liberia "free of Ebola virus transmission."
But there is still much work to do in Liberia. As Sando explained in an interview on JSI's website:
"...things feel increasingly 'back to normal.' But 'normal' is not good enough: our country’s health system is broken. Fixing it will require tremendous amounts of skill, money, time, and dedication. This might not be what I planned to do, but it is what I am meant to do."