(The League of Women Voters - Hong Kong celebrated the holiday season with a lunch at the iconic Verandah in Repulse Bay.
We supported the Ronald McDonald House by providing gifts for its monthly birthday parties. We were joined in these efforts by Mr. Eric Lu, our Honorary President and husband of the U.S. Consul General, and Ms. Sandra Horowitz, wife of the U.S. Deputy Consul General.
Dr. Karen Grepin gave a fascinating talk on her work on ebola. Rather than being depressing, her work with big data to understand uptake of other forms of healthcare during an ebola outbreak was uplifting. Due to her work, governments offered free health care during outbreaks to ensure that people needing medical care (not just for ebola but for malaria, difficult pregnancies, etc.) to survive sought it out rather than staying away. These efforts probably saved many hundreds of lives.