Recently HOPE worldwide Bolivia had the privilege of hosting a life-changing conference where Dr. Luis Martinez, an infectious disease specialist and Regional Medical Officer for the United States Foreign Service, presented “Control and Prevention of the Ebola Virus in Bolivia” to almost 100 doctors, nurses, medical students and healthcare professionals at Hospital Arco Iris.
Dr. Martinez received a doctorate in medicine from Northeast Ohio Medical University and later completed an Internal Medicine Residency and a 3-year sub specialty in Infectious Diseases. After the Infectious Diseases fellowship, he worked as a Principal Investigator in the division of viral diseases at Walter Reed and as an assistant professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland.
The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness, which is often fatal if untreated. Ebola virus disease (EVD) first appeared in 1976 in both Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo in a village near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name. The average fatality rate is around 50%. The recent Ebola epidemic has brought attention to the medical community revealing the need to educate healthcare providers in the prevention, awareness and treatment of this devastating disease.
Left to right: Gwen Ellis, RN (HOPE); Joanne Braun, FSHP (US Embassy La Paz); Dr. Luis Martinez (Regional Medical Director US Embassy), Dr. Kevin Broyles (HOPE), Dr. Gabriella Ruck (HOPE) and Mercedes Paniagua, RN (US Embassy La Paz)
Lectures like this demonstrate how powerful partnerships will not only save lives now but will educate the next generation of healthcare providers to do the same. We give a special ‘thank you’ to Dr. Martinez and to the Foreign Medical Service of the United States.