Two years ago, on Aug. 8, 2014, the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) for Ebola. Public health experts have written about the WHO’s slow reaction to Ebola and the weakness of health systems in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the centers of the outbreaks.

But there’s a story that hasn’t yet reached the public: How communities mobilized to fight the outbreak. Amy Patterson’s fieldwork in Liberia this year yields five insights. Continue reading.