The deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa - the worst in recorded history - has so far claimed more than 7,800 lives. At Internews, we believe that during a public health emergency like this one, people need quick, free and reliable information about the disease and how to prevent it. Please help us to ensure that communities at risk, and especially those living in remote rural areas, get the right information now: how to identify early symptoms, prevent transmission, what to do and where to go.
Viruses like Ebola have the potential to wipe out entire communities and cripple health systems. Communities affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa need reliable information about the disease in languages that they understand, and from sources that they trust. The available information is often of poor quality, and misinformation and rumor have exacerbated the crisis. Bad news is spreading quickly, causing panic, and many rural communities are isolated from formal sources of information.
Internews has worked with local media since the early days of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea to provide information about the disease itself, how to prevent its spread and where to seek treatment. Help us continue this critical work in Guinea and Liberia, and improve our efforts by launching the Humanitarian Information Dashboard, an innovative platform that aggregates information flows from multiple sources, helping our local partners gather and share information and track trends over time.
Internews is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard. Our goal when it comes to global health is simple: to ensure access to quality health information so that people can make informed decisions to protect themselves. Information can save lives, and it is because of donors like you that we can continue this important work.