Eight nurses in Liberia are working to stem the tide of the Ebola epidemic by providing critical community-based education. Three have partnered with over 30 churches and mosques, others have gone door-to-door or trained peer educators. Each of them has disseminated lifesaving information about EVD's prevention, transmission, and management. They also distribute buckets and chlorine-based solution so community members can follow guidelines for proper sanitation and Ebola prevention.
Ebola virus has killed more than 5000 people in Western Africa. One major intervention targeted by public health experts was community education on prevention, transmission, and what to do in the case of suspected infection. Experts stated many times that without this information, more people would die. Moreover, many Liberians do not have access to the buckets and chlorine-based solution needed to follow Ebola-disinfection guidelines.
This project disseminates the information Liberians needs in a variety of different ways, and gives them the materials they need to follow the guidelines. In Liberia, the Ebola epidemic is showing signs of abating, thanks to a combination of contact tracing, treatment, and community education initiatives like this one. However, experts warn against relaxed vigilance. It is vital community education activities like these continue through 2015 in order for the virus to be brought under control.
This epidemic is ravaging Liberia's population as well as its already fragile public health system. Over 5000 have died throughout Western Africa. Clinics, hospitals, and ambulance services are overwhelmed with Ebola patients, and mortality due to other, preventable causes (such as childbirth) have spiked. It is critical that the epidemic be brought under control, and community education initiatives such as this one are imperative.