A physician who helped fight Ebola is now working to ramp up the medical response to COVID-19 in high-risk countries.
As hospitals across the globe brace for a rising influx of patients sick with COVID-19 symptoms, one Warren Alpert Medical School faculty member is encouraging health care leaders and health workers to embrace lessons learned from the recent global fight against Ebola.
Adam Levine, MD, MPH, an associate professor of emergency medicine, has been on the front lines of that fight since 2014, when he helped to launch the International Medical Corps’ first Ebola treatment center in Liberia and was among the many medical professionals to be collectively named TIME’s Person of the Year. He serves today as principal investigator for the IMC Global Emergency Response and Recovery Project and recently assisted in carrying out a series of experimental treatments for Ebola that proved highly promising.
Levine has now begun to fight COVID-19 with the same fervor. As director of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, he launched a new partnership with Project HOPE, a global humanitarian relief organization. Together, the two entities will provide COVID-19 treatment training for health workers to rapidly scale up response efforts in high-risk countries, including parts of the Balkans, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.
Levine, who is also an emergency physician, shared his thoughts about Ebola, COVID-19, and the biggest challenges that health care workers face in settings where resources are limited.