Although the organization was spurred to action by the Ebola epidemic, the organization’s objectives extend beyond helping with the immediate emergency to establishing a long-term presence, said Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder and chief strategist.

Partners in Health will be teaming up with two organizations with which it already had a relationship, Last Mile Health in Liberia and Wellbody Alliance in Sierra Leone.

“We expect we’ll be able to bring in scores of providers within very short order and also to train hundreds on the ground,” Farmer said in an interview Monday morning. But Partners in Health intends to continue working with local health care officials and professionals to bolster the health care system for the long haul, in a significant expansion of its work that was approved by its board late last week.

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