Richard Data is an environmental health coordinator with the International Rescue Committee’s emergency response team. Originally from Uganda, Data spent two months in Sierra Leone in late 2014 to assist in the construction and management of four isolation units for patients being tested for Ebola. In an account published by Take Part on May 13, 2015, Data reflects on his work in the Bo District during the height of the Ebola epidemic, which had by that time killed more than 10,000 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
"We must never grow complacent," Data said. "Countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda have had reoccurrences of Ebola. We need to learn from all that happened, continue to create awareness, and strengthen local health systems to be better prepared to respond in future."
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