Dear Ebola Fund donors,
We regularly send these reports with written updates about how your donations are being put to work to fight Ebola. But today’s update accompanies an invitation: we’re inviting you to participate in a conversation with some of the important leaders who are responding to Ebola in West Africa.
Join our Reddit “Ask Me Anything” (or AMA) happening today, Thurs Oct 2, between 11am and 1pm ET. Our partners on the ground will be available to answer any of your questions about your donations and the conditions they’re seeing in West Africa. Here's who you’ll hear from:
If you can’t participate in the AMA live, please check the link here to see a record of the conversation that takes place.
As always, we’d love to answer any of your questions about your donation, either on Reddit, by phone, or email. Thank you so much for your generosity.
Ebola continues to spread across West Africa, with the number of those affected continuing to rise dramatically. The latest report from the World Health Organization counts 3,069 cases of Ebola in the region and 1,552 deaths from the disease so far.
The region’s entire health system is under strain. Clinics across West Africa are closing their doors, and the numbers of available trained workers is dwindling as health workers contract Ebola themselves or return to their home countries. Liberia recently enacted a curfew and a quarantine that affected tens of thousands of people. Livelihoods are collapsing as people cannot go to work or collect food or water for their families. Misinformation continues to be a major factor in the spread of Ebola, with many people still refusing to believe that Ebola even exists.
Our hard-working, locally-driven partners in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea are engaging in a wide range of proven tactics to counteract this outbreak. Some are providing direct care to those already infected with Ebola, while others are providing personal protective equipment to keep aid workers safe. A number of our partners are executing public education campaigns and distributing sanitary products in order to stop the spread of the disease in their communities.
Your donation to our Ebola Epidemic Relief Fund is already hard at work fighting the outbreak. We made our first grants to partner organizations within one week of opening this fund and have continued to get money to the ground quickly so that it can be used by those most in need. When deciding how to allocate these funds, we looked at the individual activities, budgets, and other donations received by our partner organizations. Below is the full list of grants made to date:
As always, we will continue to update you on how your funds are being used, and invite you to see the full list of partner nonprofits currently seeking funds for Ebola relief work. Thank you for being part of the effort to put a stop to this terrible epidemic.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has worsened over the past week. More than 1,600 people are reported to be infected with the virus and 887 have died from the disease, according to the latest figures released by the World Health Organization.
The Associated Press is reporting the second confirmed case of Ebola in Nigeria. A doctor in Lagos, Africa's most populous city, contracted the virus after treating an Ebola victim who had traveled there from Liberia.
Britt Lake, our Director of Programs, joined Devin Thorpe from GoodCrowd.info and Sylvester Renner of Develop Africa in a Google Hangout last Thursday to discuss Ebola and crowdfunding efforts to support aid organizations fighting the outbreak.
GlobalGiving is currently partnering with a range of aid groups on the ground in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. They urgently need your support to fund medical supplies for Ebola patients, protective equipment for doctors and educational campaigns to dispel myths surrounding the outbreak that are making it difficult to deliver care and stop transmission of the virus.
You can learn more about our nonprofit partners being supported through this fund at http://www.globalgiving.org/ebola.
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