The Ebola epidemic is a crisis of unprecedented scale in West Africa. The majority of aid funds go to large agencies focused on Ebola treatment. There is an urgent need for grassroots efforts to strengthen neighborhood healthcare, especially in Monrovia's slums and rural villages. Our Liberian team of ex-combatants provides desperately needed sanitation and medical supplies to neighborhood and village clinics that treat non-Ebola illnesses, building local resilience and protecting thousands.
As of mid November, the Ebola virus has claimed three times more lives in Liberia than all three affected countries with nearly 3,000 confirmed deaths, and thousands more due to unrelated illness who cannot find treatment. Poor medical infrastructure has been a major contributing factor to the ongoing crisis. We receive desperate pleas from local clinics, doctors and nurses daily who are in dire need of supplies, many lacking the most basic materials to treat patients and stay protected.
To respond, we have begun supplying local communities, public restrooms, as well as a dozen non-Ebola neighborhood clinics with sanitation materials and medical supplies. Our goal with such efforts will be to aid disease prevention, alleviate the stress on overflowing hospitals and reduce the risk of future exposure to health care professionals. This means that people can get treated locally for non-Ebola illnesses, freeing beds in treatment centers while building long term health and resilience
This project will ultimately lend a hand to the larger effort to help stop the epidemic across Liberia. It is our hope that with our support, these clinics will be able to stay open throughout the crisis and beyond, that its healthcare professionals will avoid contact with Ebola, and that those in need of alternative medical treatment are given safe and equal access. Thousands will visit these clinics on a weekly and monthly basis lending far reaching benefits to surrounding towns and villages.