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The Coalition to End Ebola

by More Than Me
The Coalition to End Ebola
The Coalition to End Ebola
The Coalition to End Ebola
The Coalition to End Ebola
The Coalition to End Ebola
The Coalition to End Ebola
The Coalition to End Ebola
The Coalition to End Ebola

Dear MTM Family,

After months and months of what seemed like never ending suffering and sadness brought upon Liberia by the Ebola epidemic, we are finally able to celebrate an Ebola-Free Liberia and the reopening of the More Than Me Academy! While we are continuing to support many Ebola survivors as they rebuild their lives and return to normalcy, we have also shifted our focus back to our main mission: to ensure that when our girls graduate, they get to determine what comes next for their lives. After taking in 35 new students, including Ebola orphans, we are continuing to get more orphans into MTM as soon as possible. School is open, bustling with activities, and operations are almost back in full swing!

We couldn’t have done it without you. Your support helped us to be a strong force on the front lines of Ebola with our ambulance team while also providing counseling, resources, and aid in Ebola treatment. Thank you. As we move forward and shift our focus back to the MTM Academy, we have decided to deactivate this project. We have big plans for the future, including a boarding school where our girls can be in a safe environment 24/7. You can still fund our ongoing education programs through donating directly to our website or through our Help Students Catch Up After Ebola GlobalGiving project. Thank you for all that you do for us. 

Sending thanks and love from your More Than Me family,

Helen, Project Intern, and the More Than Me Team

The coalition has been hard at work to end the Ebola outbreak for good in Monrovia!

Cases are getting closer to zero each week, with the remaining cases now concentrated in two counties, including Montserrado country, where we work. MTM and the coalition are at the forefront of ensuring that urban communities in Monrovia have the resources and knowledge necessary to stay safe and vigilant to ensure that there are no new cases and the outbreak ends completely.

Recent updates:

  • In January, MTM entered an MOU with 6 local clinics and hired nurses to oversee care of residents in these 6 communities. These clinics provide free health services, through MTM’s support, to residents, ensuring they continue to seek medical care and that any potential cases have access to treatment. Given many families have had their livelihoods affected by the epidemic, it also ensures that they can access basic healthcare as the community recovers. In January alone, 212 patients were treated at these facilities.
  • Active case finders are operating in 6 communities and referring any ill residents to MTM’s nurse liaisons for care in clinics and screening for Ebola symptoms.
  • MTM is providing counseling and resources to 171 survivors, including Ebola orphans and children who survived the disease. Survivors receive basic necessities and food, as well as reentry counseling and support to overcome stigma and help them recover livelihoods.
  • The MTM ambulance has continued operating and has very fortunately had just 5 cases to transport in January. It will continue serving Monrovia until the epidemic is definitively over, at which point MTM will look at how it can be turned over to the community.

As the epidemic ends, MTM is focused on supporting these communities to ensure that Ebola is gone for good and also that they have the support and resources necessary to recover. There are 200 Ebola orphans estimated to be in West Point alone (a community of over 100,000) and many families have lost businesses and so have reduced abilities to pay for food, education, or medical care. MTM will continue to provide emergency services to stop transmission and infection, but will also ensure that support for these vulnerable community members does not end abruptly when the epidemic does.

Upper Cauldwell says thank you to MTM!
Upper Cauldwell says thank you to MTM!
Our amazing ambulance team
Our amazing ambulance team
Our nursing team!
Our nursing team!
And our social work team!
And our social work team!

Dear More Than Me Family new and old, 

Thank you for all your support as we’ve worked to fight Ebola. When More Than Me began, our mission was clear: to get girls from the West Point slum in Liberia off the street and into school by providing them with an education and supplementary services like healthcare and meals to support them for long-term success. Our goal was to ensure that when they graduated, they would decide what came next in their lives.

Our More Than Me Academy did just that last year for 124 girls. But since Ebola came to Liberia in March, it became clear that to ensure opportunity for our students in the future, and to keep them safe, our goals would have to evolve. As a result, we've expanded our mission in the time of Ebola because we feel that as long as there is Ebola in Liberia, our girls are at risk. So we are fighting with everything we are made of to end this epidemic that terrorizes our children and their communities.

Our Community Based Coalition brings together community groups, local leaders, government offices, and NGOs to stop the spread of Ebola in Liberia. Our home healthcare teams made up of nurses, identify and treat the sick and send them to a clinic via our ambulance if they exhibit any Ebola symptoms. Contact tracing teams make sure to quarantine anyone who’s been exposed to Ebola to stop the virus' spread. And then there’s our ambulance team who risk their lives everyday by transporting possible Ebola patients to clinics. 

With More Than Me’s coalition, we’ve lowered the number of Ebola cases in West Point already. There were 30 possible cases on September 19th, which went down to 14 on October 17th. We’ve already visited 3,472 homes and 7,581 residents. We are now also employing the use of the Ebola care app to help us track patients more efficiently. Read more about that on GlobalGiving's Tools & Training blog.

Even though fighting Ebola wasn’t our original mission, we’ve re-focused our efforts and it’s paying off: our team is literally saving lives. The Ministry of Health has even asked us to expand our coalition-based plan to five other hot zones in and around Monrovia. Thanks to our coalition, we are able to empower lcoal community leaders to end Ebola in their communities; and most importantly, the home healthcare, contact tracing, and ambulance teams have rebuilt trust within the community to end Ebola for good.

Thank you again for your support. We couldn't do our work without you! 

In this together, 

Emily and the More Than Me Team 

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More Than Me

Location: Bernardsville, NJ - USA
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More Than Me
Katie Meyler
Project Leader:
Katie Meyler
Bernardsville, NJ United States

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