From December 2013 to January 2016, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea experienced the most lethal Ebola outbreak on record. It was the first large-scale outbreak of the virus in the region and communities are still recovering from the epidemic.
The Ebola virus is highly contagious, has no known treatment or cure, and is fatal within days or weeks in most cases. Beginning in December 2013, an outbreak of the most lethal strain of the Ebola virus spread through Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria. The outbreak resulted in more than 28,600 reported cases of the disease and 11,315 deaths, making it the most deadly Ebola epidemic in history. As of January 14, 2016, there are no remaining active cases on Ebola in West Africa.
This fund will ensure that aid organizations on the ground in West Africa have the resources they need to support survivors of the epidemic and fund ongoing care and recovery.
We believe that organizations that are deeply-rooted in local communities are often in the best position to provide long-term support for disaster victims. By funding the relief efforts of local organizations, donations to this fund have the potential to build stronger disaster-response capacity so that these organizations are better equipped to face future disasters. GlobalGiving will post reports about how funds have been used and will email these reports to donors and subscribers.
When a disaster strikes, recovery efforts led by people who live and work in affected communities are often overlooked and underfunded. GlobalGiving is changing this reality. Since 2004, we've been shifting decision-making power to crises-affected communities through trust-based grantmaking and support.
We make it easy, quick, and safe to support people on the ground who understand needs in their communities better than anyone else.
They were there long before the news cameras arrived, and they’ll be there long after the cameras leave. They know how to make their communities more resilient to future disasters, and they’re already hard at work. GlobalGiving puts donations and grants directly into their hands. Because the status quo—which gives the vast majority of funding to a few large organizations—doesn’t make sense.