Growing up in Pueblo, Colo., with a single mother, Eric Talbert never thought he’d go to college, let alone direct a nonprofit organization providing medical care to civilian victims of war.
But, as Talbert says, life had other plans for him.
“It’s been a wild ride, as they say,” Talbert says. The Colorado native is the executive director for EMERGENCY USA, the American component of a global network of NGOs that bring high-quality, free medical and surgical assistance to war victims in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic and Sudan. In the wake of the Ebola crisis — in which Sierra Leone has suffered the worst of any country — EMERGENCY USA has opened two clinics in Sierra Leone dedicated to treating patients with Ebola, many who have survived the virus.