After a dozen years in the Dominican Republic, Engel's current assignment is to serve as IM's Healthcare Relief Resource Regional Missionary for Iberoamerica and the Caribbean. But, Engel says that as she watched the Ebola crisis unfolding in West Africa, "Like many all over the world, my heart began breaking...[and] God made a way for me to help."
That way was to partner with one of the leading agencies in the Ebola response effort within Liberia, Medical Teams International (MTI). Engel explains that she became part of an MTI team dedicated "to help clinics learn and practice infection prevention and control standards, set up a triage point, and manage waste in the clinic." This piece of the overall Ebola effort seeks to enable local health care workers to respond to Ebola patients while minimizing the risks to themselves and others in the community.
Engel will finish her service in Liberia before Christmas, and carefully follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) protocol for self-monitoring and limited activity thereafter, to guarantee that her service does not put others at risk.
MTI's Liberia team celebrated Engel's contribution in its December 12 blog post, and her Liberian co-workers gave her the name "Keebah," a term of great honor that means, "the powerful one." At the same time, Engel is enthusiastic as she describes the personnel and the quality of MTI's work in Liberia. And, deeply impressed by the faith and dedication of the Liberians with whom she has had the privilege of serving, Engel says, "To me, they are the Persons of the Year."
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