The latest World Health Organization weekly data showed the epidemic has killed 8,235 of the 20,747 infected people worldwide. Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia contain the vast majority of cases.
Former Cache Valley resident, Ann Norman, is Chairman of the Board for Shine On Sierra Leone, a non-profit organization which builds and rebuilds schools in Sierra Leone. She has been appointed to the Presidential Task Force there, and is involved in the education campaign for people in rural areas in Sierra Leone to combat Ebola. We’ll talk about how Ebola is affecting West Africa, including people Ann Norman knows and works with, and what can be done to confront this crisis, which is of worldwide concern.
We will also have on Jay A. Jacobson, M.D., MACP, Professor Emeritus, Divisions of Medical Ethics and Humanities and Infectious Disease, U. of Utah School of Medicine and Intermountain Medical Center. He gave a lecture on January 8 at 7:30pm in the Unitarian Church, 560 South 1300 East, sponsored by the Humanists of Utah. He will talk about Ebola infections and many of the issues related to the ethics of treatment such as who should receive it, if and when we can devise any treatment beyond supportive therapy.