Jews fight Ebola in Africa from the head down

Ebola-session-965x543IsraAid provides psychosocial counseling and training to those tackling the epidemic on the ground

By Uriel Heilman
IsraAid psychosocial trauma specialists Hela Yaniv, left, and Sheri Oz leading a counseling and training session for service providers in Sierra Leone, Oct. 27, 2014. (Courtesy IsraAid/JTA)
JTA – Even amid the unceasing horrors of Sierra Leone’s Ebola epidemic, it was a case that stood out.
A 5-year-old boy had been found in his home in a remote village, the lone survivor in a house riddled with the corpses of family members. He needed to be extracted; the bodies needed to be buried.

The operator who took the call at the Freetown hotline that coordinates the dispatch of ambulances, police and burial teams was shaken.

Enter IsraAid. The lone Israeli or Jewish disaster relief organization on the ground in the Ebola zone, IsraAid is providing psychosocial counseling and training to service providers – health workers, social workers, teachers, police — dealing with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. The locals staffing Freetown’s
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