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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Twin Cities nonprofit group called One Village Partners has been directly affected by the Ebola outbreak.

They are an organization which supports individual villages in Sierra Leone, one of the countries hardest hit by Ebola. While the group’s mission has been to help improve sanitation, health care and education in the villages, resources are now being redirected to try to help cope with the epidemic.

One Village Partners has also had to pull staff out of Sierra Leone because of the epidemic. Jennifer Artibello and Chad McCordic are two staffers that had to leave the area last month because of the danger. They talked about the experience on WCCO Sunday Morning with Esme Murphy.

McCordic said it’s not only a medical disaster in the area, it’s also a major cultural issue. Artibello said there’s a lack of health education in the area affected by the disease and that many residents there don’t trust the doctors to get the medical help they need.

Watch the interview for more.

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