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An update from Dan Kelly

September 30, 2014

To all those making a stand against Ebola, I thank you for joining me as first responders.  

Together, we created an infection control program that touched the lives of 1,000 healthcare workers, rebuilt confidence and hope, and helped reopen clinics and the children's hospital. I wish it were enough. We're in a unprecedented moment in history, where the number of Ebola infection is outstripping the pace of our response. 

I have decided to focus my full attention on the Ebola crisis for the next year.   During this time, our newly formed coalition of organizations – UCSF Global Health Sciences,  Wellbody Alliance, Partners in Health and Last Mile Health – plan to engage 1 million people in Sierra Leone and Liberia in a comprehensive bio-containment response against Ebola. We will create a continuum of care from community outreach and education to Ebola treatment units.  People need a reason to go to treatment units. If 70% of people with Ebola infections reach treatment units, we can stop the outbreak. 

In the past days, I attended the pilot CDC Ebola training at the FEMA center in Anniston, Alabama and made the decision to return to Sierra Leone by October 13th to oversee implementation of our coalition's response.  

I'm in awe of the amazing response to this crowdfunding campaign. Please read the most recent article of our work in USA Today here

Please help me reach a goal of $125,000 by October 12th.  

Every dollar goes towards saving the lives of innocent victims plagued by an invisible enemy!

Many thanks for your support!

Dan Kelly 

An Update from Dan Kelly

December 02, 2014

Dear Ebola fighters,

This Thanksgiving in Sierra Leone was unforgettable. I spent the day installing and troubleshooting an incinerator at Portloko Government Hospital, so we could burn three 20-foot piles of used protective gear. It doesn’t matter I’m a doctor. We have to do whatever it takes to end Ebola, and examples like the incinerator demonstrate how small wins make a big difference in the safety of the team through infection prevention and control.

In prior journeys to Sierra Leone, much of our infection prevention and control work revolved around the safety of healthcare workers. Over the past two months, we're proud to have infused this training into the work of front-line responders in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health. We trained 80 of them and hired 50 community health workers to trace contacts, provide home-based risk reduction and support, continue health promotion, and conduct house-to-house surveillance.

To ensure the quality of this community-based Ebola control program, we worked with the Ministry of Health to build a stronger supervisory system. We hired an additional eight field supervisors and bought motorbikes to increase their mobility. As a result of these efforts, we are finding more Ebola cases. In the past 14 days (as of November 28th), there have been 31 new cases in Kono District, where we have been working for the last eight years. As the cases build, the only hospital in the region created a defacto Ebola treatment unit because of the lack of treatment beds. We have witnessed mortality rates upwards of 90% in this place. Undoubtedly, we can do better and, with better infection control practices and quality improvement measures, the healthcare workers will gain the confidence needed to give patients intravenous fluids. One liter at a time, we will watch the mortality rate drop. Our mortality rate goal is <10% or bust. These updates are a testament to progress in the fight against Ebola while highlighting critical next steps. On the ground, I see amazing momentum and am hopeful we will see the rate of Ebola infections in Sierra Leone plateau within three months.

This work could NOT be done without your support—thank you!

Please find a recent article in the SF Examiner reporting the success of this crowdfunding campaign:

Gratefully Yours,


Ebola Fighters Named TIME's 2014 'Person of the Year'

December 12, 2014

Dear UCSF Crowdfunding Supporters,

We hope you are excited as we to learn that TIME magazine has named all the "Ebola Fighters" — doctors, nurses, caregivers, scientists, and medical directors "who answered the call," often putting their own lives on the line — as its 2014 Person of the Year

We share this tremendous honor with you; without your support, and the extraordinary generosity of so many others - individuals, corporations, foundations and NGOs here in the U.S. and overseas -  we could not have accomplished as much in battling this global infectious disease to date.

According to TIME, the potential for an Ebola outbreak should have been on everyone's radar, yet national and international public health officials waited five months to move against the unfolding disaster.

"[T]he battle against Ebola," TIME reports, "[was] left for month after crucial month to a ragged army of volunteers and near volunteers, doctors who wouldn't quit even as their colleagues fell ill and died; nurses comforting patients while standing in slurries of mud, vomit, and feces; ambulance drivers facing down hostile crowds to transport passengers teeming with the virus; investigators tracing chains of infection through slums hot with disease; workers stoically zipping contagious corpses into body bags in the sun; patients meeting death in lonely isolation to protect others from infection."

To read full the read article, visit:

Thank you again for your support.

Warmest wishes from UCSF for a pleasant, peaceful holiday and a healthy start to the New Year!

Drs. George Rutherford, Dan Kelly, UCSF Global Health Sciences, and all our partners, especially West Africa’s frontline health workers.  

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August 15, 2014

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An Update from Dan Kelly

September 15, 2014

Dear Supporters,

In Sierra Leone, I was struck by the desolate feel of the health system compared to two months prior. Isolation wards were abandoned and the only children's hospital, serving 1.5 million people, was closed after a child with Ebola was found on the general pediatric wards. Reopening the hospital meant training the hospital staff on infection prevention and control, including Ebola preparedness and protective gear. 

I trained the 450+ staff at the children's hospital in an effort to help reopen the hospital and ensure children weren't dying in the community from treatable diseases like malaria. By the end of my trip, I expanded my training to cover the maternity hospital and our non-profit staff at Wellbody Alliance. We reopened our clinic only to find a positive Ebola patient in the first wave of patients. There's a spike of Ebola cases in Kono and we need staff. I trained about 1,000 healthcare workers, and the trainings not only made them feel safer caring for patients but it also built confidence, restored hope, and helped get desperately needed health care workers back on their feet. 

Our infection control work extended into an effort to create a mentorship and supervisory system to sustain change and protect healthcare workers. We worked with the Ministry of Health to pilot this project. We started the program at the maternity hospital in Freetown. We also built a similar system at our clinical care site in Kono. The pilots serve as a model for hospital- and clinic-level infection control management systems. 

Even with staff, the system fails without stuff. We have received a number of shipments with protective gear and there's a chartered plane about to drop enough medical supplies for a national distribution. We are responsible for managing a national distribution of supplies in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.

All these efforts to train healthcare workers, build systems, and distribute necessary protective gear demonstrated success at rebuilding a piece of the collapsed healthcare system. 

These efforts are only possible due to generous contributions made in this crowdfunding campaign. 

Over the last 8 years, we worked in a remote area, Kono, where there has been a spike in Ebola cases. We can see too many glaring holes in the response. To stop this inaction, we have broadened our response to a comprehensive care program for the district. We will support a safe continuum of care from communities to a treatment center. We see the necessity to take action. 

We need to continue raising money from our supporters like you. The international and multilateral response has been grossly underfunded compared to the need outlined in the WHO roadmap and prior crises. We have a large financial gap blunting our ability to respond to the crisis.

We hope you will continue to support our efforts as we build models of infection control and respond to the need for a functioning health system.

Gratefully Yours,


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Personal Protective Gear

Purchases Personal Protective Gear for one health care provider.


Community Engagement

Hires and trains one community member to implement effective contact tracing and provide sensitive counseling.


Infection Supplies

Arranges for the blood sample of a suspected Ebola case to be delivered to closest diagnostic center.


Infection Control Train

Manages our isolation center