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Despite the hype in the US about Ebola, the real battle is happening in Africa. It’s there that people don’t have the resources to fight the disease as effectively as we do here in the US.

One Newton resident, Steve Hatch, is on the front lines of that “war.” He penned a great essay before he left about why he’s doing this work, that appeared in the New York Times. The Times also chronicled his daily life there and last night, Anderson Cooper had the privilege of speaking to him.

If everything goes well Steve will be home to his wife and children in November. My friends and I have a bottle of nice bottle of scotch waiting for him.