Darren Hertz and Ashley Clayton Hertz (Ed.D. candidate), now living in Sierra Leone, are contributing to the effort to halt the ebola epidemic and plan for the reopening of schools in that country.  Both work for the International Rescue Committee.  Darren has been working non-stop on ebola response since August, based out of the districts, asSenior Ebola Response Coordinator responsible for overseeing the set-up and management of IRC's Isolation Units (holding centers that care for patients with ebola-like symptoms awaiting their test results). He is also piloting a community-based surveillance system with over 800 individuals in one district looking for Ebola clues to limit its spread into their communities. Meanwhile, Ashley works in Freetown as a consultant for IRC, currently helping redesign their education program during the response to Ebola and for the recovery period.

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