The WHO recently declared an end to Ebola as an international public health emergency. While smaller clusters of cases may still arise in in West Africa, they are becoming less frequent and the affected countries have responded quickly to limit the spread of new cases. Your donations have supported organizations on the ground as they have played a crucial role in preventing and treating Ebola:
In Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, International Medical Corps continues to invest in surveillance efforts, ensuring that new Ebola cases and chains of transmission are quickly identified and isolated.
Develop Africa is supporting 22 Ebola-affected children, who are excited to be working on their education after the crisis shut schools for nine months last year.
THINK also continues to support children affected by the outbreak in Liberia with basic necessities and schooling, and recently hosted “Clowns Without Borders” to bring joy to more than 1,000 children.
Support from GlobalGiving donors like you has made it possible for our nonprofit partners to provide immediate and long-term relief for communities impacted by the Ebola outbreak, earthquakes in Japan, Ecuador, and Nepal, and the Syrian refugee crisis. At this event you’ll have the opportunity to hear first-hand experiences from staff who were on the ground during disasters, including. one who used technology to find homes for children orphaned by the Ebola epidemic.
Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone were declared Ebola-free in 2015, however, a few more cases have emerged in 2016. Last week in Liberia, a woman contracted the virus and passed away leaving her five-year-old son who has also become infected. GlobalGiving’s nonprofit partners in West Africa have worked tirelessly to bring the number of Ebola cases to zero and to support the survivors and communities.
Your donations have helped organizations on the ground make great strides toward ending this crisis. Since our last report, eight organizations received additional funding from GlobalGiving donors to work on Ebola prevention and recovery programs:
Accountability Lab is using film to improve awareness and understanding about the impacts of Ebola and to improve accountability of the response.
AdvocAid is delivering legal aid and welfare packages to 315 women and girls affected by the Ebola crisis.
Kidsave International is helping to deinstitutionalize 65 Ebola orphans and train families to receive them in Pugehun, Sierra Leone, and to expand the use of a mobile app with the government to track Sierra Leonean Ebola orphans' statuses.
WeOwnTV is launching a documentary story challenge with filmmakers from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone to help amplify local voices telling the story of the Ebola crisis within the West African indigenous media sector.
Donors like you also supported our nonprofit partners’ ongoing work in West Africa through a matching campaign. GlobalGiving provided a 1:1 match on donations made to our partners’ projects during this campaign. Hundreds of donors around the world came together to raise more than $200,000 for more than 40 organizations working to fight Ebola.
Thank you for contributing to the GlobalGiving Ebola Epidemic Relief Fund to support our nonprofit partners working in Ebola-affected communities in West Africa. Click “give now” below to continue programs like these in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
By Britt Lake | Director of Programs, GlobalGiving
Photo by Solon Foundation
Over the weekend, the World Health Organization announced the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia is officially over. After having gone 42 days without any Ebola patients (twice the incubation period), the country is free of the virus that claimed more than 4,900 lives.
We are so incredibly thankful for your support. You helped fund more than 30 locally-driven organizations that responded to the crisis. You helped provide necessary medical equipment to doctors and health workers treating patients. You helped deliver Ebola prevention kits to limit the spread of the virus. You helped raise public awareness of the virus, not only through informational PSA campaigns in Liberia, but through your own social networks to get more support for this important cause.
You helped achieve this important milestone and the people of Liberia thank you for your generous support.
But the fight is not over. Sierra Leone and Guinea are still experiencing new cases of Ebola, and Liberia is now beginning the long road to rebuilding their health system for long term resilience. This week we are sending an additional half a million dollars in funding to 14 organizations in West Africa working to achieve these goals.
everyday gandhis - To preserve community cohesion, healing, and provide long-term healthcare support in Liberia.
Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia - To support the construction of new facility in Kakata, Liberia that complies with new triage requirements, houses an in-clinic lab for basic tests, and has a workspace for community health workers.
Imani House - To support the Imani House Clinic's two-year sustainability plan, including creating a mobile health unit, carrying out community outreach and education, building a triage room in the clinic, and procuring additional medical supplies and equipment.
IsraAid - To expand IsraAid’s psychosocial support program from Sierra Leone into Liberia.
Last Mile Health - To contribute to rebuilding the health system in Liberia by recruiting, training, supporting, and incentivizing community health workers in over 150 communities.
Lifeline Energy - To build and ship 230 Polaris Plus radio units so that residents in Eastern Sierra Leone can listen to programing about health and education.
Touch the Nations - To provide housing and care for 30 children orphaned by Ebola in Sierra Leone.
Friends of UNFPA - To restore confidence in Liberia's health infrastructure and to ensure access to maternal health services.
Greatest Goal Ministries - To build a triage room in a Freetown clinic so that it can reopen for to provide regular health care to community residents.
As always, we will continue to update you on the impact your donation is making to get to zero cases in West Africa and help rebuild Ebola-affected countries for the long term.
We know that every donation has a story, so we wanted to leave you with this one about a group of women in Liberia you helped support who fought Ebola and are now giving to earthquake survivors in Nepal. Thank you again for your generosity.
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