Combating the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone with PROSOCIAL

In March of 2014, Beate Ebert and Hannah Bockarie helped launch an organization in Sierra Leone called Commit and Act. They hoped to use PROSOCIAL to help heal the social fabric of a country that had been torn apart by violent civil strife in recent years.

Then, in May of 2014, the Ebola virus broke out in Sierra Leone, and began to spread. Beate and Hannah consulted with each other, and then reached out to their colleagues on the PROSOCIAL Development Team, Steven C. Hayes and David Sloan Wilson.They came up with an ambitious plan to intercede at the local level with PROSOCIAL training sessions, and help arrest the spread of the deadly and highly contagious disease.

The PROSOCIAL team, including Beate and Hannah, met up at the 2016 ACBS convention in Seattle. They both recounted their memories of those times, and how PROSOCIAL had worked in that cultural environment to help people adapt successfully in a time of crisis.