Since May, the Ebola epidemic has been responsible for over 500 deaths in Sierra Leone. Ebola is a highly contagious disease and kills up to 90% of infected people. There is currently NO KNOWN cure. This project will help to eliminate the spread of the Ebola virus by providing desperately needed supplies such as personal protective clothing & chlorine to health workers. Project will also support the dissemination of information so people can take preventive action and keep themselves safe.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
This Ebola epidemic has been described as being "out of control" and the "deadliest ever"! It has been spreading in Sierra Leone with over 500 confirmed deaths in 2 months. The country has a weak health system and resources are desperately needed to prevent further spread of this killer disease. The President of the country has appealed for all hands on board. The implications and ripple effect of the epidemic is being felt at multiple levels and causing untold suffering.
How will this project solve this problem?
This project will provide the needed protective equipment / resources to health personnel so that they can keep themselves safe and preventing further spread of the disease. Funds will also enable sharing of information / sensitization (through flyers and other media) so that people can take preventive action to protect themselves from infection.
Potential Long Term Impact
Thousands of lives will be saved from infection and certain death - as this disease is currently incurable.
Total Funding Received to Date: $0
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $90,000
Total Funding Goal: $90,000