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Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 15:00 in Psychology & Sociology

Just before the start of the pandemic, Harvard juniors Suuba and Sadia Demby were in Sierra Leonecapping off a two-year project and reconnecting with their family’s roots. The twin sisters traveled there in mid-December to deliver copies of a widely-recognized sourcebook on infectious disease to some of the country’s health professionals. The gift was originally intended to support the ongoing recovery from the 2014 Ebola outbreak, which devastated the West African nation, and to be used as a tool to help control or mitigate the spread of any future outbreak. “It’s really hard to motivate people to think you need to try anticipate what’s coming next, so the fact that we were able to get people engaged during that time was really meaningful,” said Sadia, who is concentrating in social anthropology and global health and health policy. “We had no idea the next pandemic would be along right after we left.” The Demby...

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