Ebola Fighters Named "Person of the Year" by Time Magazine

the MPR take:

Since 1927, Time magazine has selected a group, idea, person, or object with the greatest influence over the past year as their “Person of the Year.” This year, the publication selected those who have risked their lives to treat Ebola victims and fight the epidemic that has become a global health war. Dubbed the “Ebola fighters,” they were awarded this honor “for tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving.” Organizations like Doctors Without Borders and Samaritan’s Purse solicited volunteers from across the globe to travel to West Africa to provide medical assistance, but many of the first-responders were community clinicians and Ebola survivors who witnessed the horrific nature of the virus from the start. The battle against Ebola is far from over, but these individuals on the front lines are bringing us closer to the end of the epidemic.

Ebola Fighters Named "Person of the Year" by Time Magazine
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Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, says the proverb, but rather the hero's heart. For decades, Ebola haunted rural African villages like some mythic monster that every few years rose to demand a human sacrifice and then returned to its cave. There was little to stop the disease from spreading further.