I’m sure you’ve heard that West Africa is facing an Ebola crisis that many are calling the largest Ebola outbreak in history. To date, almost 5,000 deaths have been attributed to the disease, and the World Health Organization estimates that some 20,000 people will become afflicted with the deadly virus before it is under control.
With the countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea being hardest hit by this virus, ADRA is on the ground in Sierra Leone and Liberia today doing everything we can to save lives and prevent more cases of Ebola developing.
In Sierra Leone ADRA is working closely with the Masanga Leprosy Hospital in Tonkolili. Due to several challenges during the initial stages of the Ebola outbreak, the hospital had to downsize its clinical activities. But with the help and support of ADRA, Masanga hospital is increasing it’s ability to respond to Ebola outbreaks through the installation of running water, a reliable solar power system and a perimeter fence to control those who have access to the hospital. ADRA has also shipped supplies of personal protective equipment; including gloves, facemasks and gowns. The hospital has worked closely with the local government to ensure that these supplies are used in the most appropriate way for clinical staff that are on the front line fighting against Ebola. With your help we can keep Ebola and other infectious diseases out.
In Liberia educating people about Ebola is one of the best ways to help prevent the virus from spreading. It may seem simplistic, but clearing up the many misconceptions about how the virus is transmitted, teaching the importance of proper sanitation and hygiene, and training local communities to work together to fight this epidemic can save thousands of lives. ADRA is working with 6 health facilities, covering a population of over 50,000 people, to increase awareness of the Ebola virus and improve access to community services in response to the crisis.
However work on the ground in Liberia goes beyond education. With the help of our strategic partners, ADRA is delivering lifesaving medical supplies to Cooper Adventist Hospital as doctors fight Ebola in Liberia’s capital city of Monrovia. Partnered with Loma Linda University, Cooper Adventist Hospital is one of the few hospitals in the region that has remained open during this crisis.
ADRA’s latest shipment includes nearly $100,000 of medical supplies. Along with vital necessities such as gloves, facemasks, and gowns, this shipment includes five isolation tents. After weeks of triaging patients in the hospital car park, staff are welcoming these shelters as a much-needed addition to their lifesaving work.
Having suffered the heartbreak of losing loved ones to Ebola and facing the threat of death from this terrifying virus, many families are now going hungry. Securing food in the middle of a disease outbreak is difficult. The risk of infection is highest in cities, such as Monrovia in Liberia, where a large population requires people to live close to one another. Unfortunately, the city population is also the most dependent on markets for their food. The fear of a deadly contagious disease cuts families off from public spaces, such as the marketplace, and imported food supplies are limited when borders close.
ADRA is currently delivering food to more than 130,000 people in Liberia. Dressed in layers of protective clothing, our local staff are taking food to men, women, and even orphaned children who are quarantined or otherwise isolated due to the virus.
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