The first case of ebola appeared in Mali on October 22nd, and it is time to act now and prevent the spread! Prices will rise astronomically on any kind of protective gear. For 10 years GAIA VF has been supporting a health clinic in an underserved neighborhood of Bamako. We need your support to properly equip our staff to keep them safe and prepared to prevent the Malian outbreak from becoming the health crisis that it has in neighboring West African countries.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Called the "worst outbreak of Ebola virus ever", the current spread of Ebola across West Africa is devastating to witness. As of October 28th, close to 5,000 people have been killed, and the World Health Organization predicts that over 20,000 people could become affected in the next month alone as the virus continues to spread. This is a global health crisis, and it is our responsibility to ensure that those battling on the front lines are prepared and protected.
How will this project solve this problem?
Our most successful program by far has been preventing the transmission of HIV from mother to child (MTCTP). For safe deliveries, we provide our midwifes with protective equipment: masks, goggles, cloves, and aprons. Our midwives, in turn, work hard to protect babies during the birthing process. Ebola, like HIV, will arrive first in the poorest neighborhoods, and we must ensure that our staff have the protective materials and the capacities to deal with the first cases to prevent the spread.
Potential Long Term Impact
By proving that local clinics like ours have the ability to function in the face of such a crisis, we can show the power of effective health care at the local level. Weak health care systems in West Africa have enabled the spread of Ebola virus, and now, more than ever, is the time to work towards strengthening the system and supporting solutions that keep people safe. Our clinic CAN protect its patients against the spread of the virus, but they need support from donations and supplies.
Total Funding Received to Date: $45
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $19,955
Total Funding Goal: $20,000