As of Aug. 1, Ebola has spread to several West African countries and the outbreak is growing at an alarming rate. The WHO has reported over 2600 cases and over 1400 deaths in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. International Medical Corps is working with the Ministries of Health in the region to strengthen capacity for infection control, deliver urgently-needed medical supplies, and prevent the spread of Ebola through outreach and education campaigns.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Ebola is a severe viral illness characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat, followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, internal and external bleeding. Ebola may have a 90% fatality rate; currently, the death rate is 55%. A lack of information is leading to an increased risk of infection, as communities may not know how to care for those infected and prevent further transmission.
How will this project solve this problem?
Using media and community networks, International Medical Corps teams will share information about symptoms and encourage people to seek care; collaborate with traditional healers to encourage referrals to health centers; educate families about transmission during traditional burial practices, and offer alternatives; and promote safe hygiene behaviors. Teams are also working with Ministries to increase capacity to trace and monitor suspected cases and deliver urgently-needed medical supplies.
Potential Long Term Impact
International Medical Corps' focus on training - even in the midst of the disaster - helps ensure that families and communities have the resources needed to stay healthy long after programs end. Education campaigns give families the tools they need to minimize the spread of disease, and training for Ministries helps to ensure that capacity to treat and prevent Ebola and other infectious diseases will remain long after programs end.
Total Funding Received to Date: $160
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $24,840
Total Funding Goal: $25,000