By Britt Lake | Director of Programs, GlobalGiving
Photo by Develop Africa
Ebola continues to spread across West Africa, with the number of those affected continuing to rise dramatically. The latest report from the World Health Organization counts 3,069 cases of Ebola in the region and 1,552 deaths from the disease so far.
The region’s entire health system is under strain. Clinics across West Africa are closing their doors, and the numbers of available trained workers is dwindling as health workers contract Ebola themselves or return to their home countries. Liberia recently enacted a curfew and a quarantine that affected tens of thousands of people. Livelihoods are collapsing as people cannot go to work or collect food or water for their families. Misinformation continues to be a major factor in the spread of Ebola, with many people still refusing to believe that Ebola even exists.
Our hard-working, locally-driven partners in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea are engaging in a wide range of proven tactics to counteract this outbreak. Some are providing direct care to those already infected with Ebola, while others are providing personal protective equipment to keep aid workers safe. A number of our partners are executing public education campaigns and distributing sanitary products in order to stop the spread of the disease in their communities.
Your donation to our Ebola Epidemic Relief Fund is already hard at work fighting the outbreak. We made our first grants to partner organizations within one week of opening this fund and have continued to get money to the ground quickly so that it can be used by those most in need. When deciding how to allocate these funds, we looked at the individual activities, budgets, and other donations received by our partner organizations. Below is the full list of grants made to date:
GlobalGiving is currently partnering with a range of aid groups on the ground in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. They urgently need your support to fund medical supplies for Ebola patients, protective equipment for doctors and educational campaigns to dispel myths surrounding the outbreak that are making it difficult to deliver care and stop transmission of the virus.
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