Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea are experiencing the most lethal Ebola outbreak on record. This is the first large scale outbreak of the virus in the region and communities are struggling to contain the epidemic.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The Ebola virus is highly contagious, has no known treatment or cure, and is fatal within days or weeks in most cases. Since early this year, an outbreak of the most lethal strain of the Ebola virus has spread through Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria. As of the end of September, the outbreak has resulted in more than 13,600 reported cases of the disease and almost 4,900 deaths, making it the most deadly Ebola epidemic in history.
How will this project solve this problem?
This fund will ensure that aid organizations on the ground in West Africa have the resources they need to stop the outbreak. Funds will be used for medical supplies to care for those already infected, protective equipment to keep health workers safe, and educational campaigns to inform the public about Ebola and how it spreads.
Potential Long Term Impact
We believe that organizations that are deeply-rooted in local communities are often in the best position to provide long-term support for disaster victims. By funding the relief efforts of local organizations, donations to this fund have the potential to build stronger disaster-response capacity so that these organizations are better equipped to face future disasters. GlobalGiving will post reports about how funds have been used and will email these reports to donors and subscribers.
Total Funding Received to Date: $3,029,063
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $470,937
Total Funding Goal: $3,500,000