Ebola Relief Effort Update

The current Ebola Outbreak in West Africa began in 2014 is the largest in history; affecting multiple countries in West Africa. There were a small number of cases reported in Nigeria and Mali and a single case reported in Senegal; however, these cases were contained, with no further spread in these countries. As of July 15 there have been 27,688 suspected and confirmed cases and 11,279 total deaths.

Liberia – The World Health Organization declared Liberia free of Ebola transmission in May 2015, but unfortunately another case was reported in late June. Our partner on the ground, International Medical Corps (IMC), continues to staff Rapid Response Teams that can quickly deploy in response to new cases. IMC also continues to provide psychosocial support and to provide Ebola-related training to individuals.

Sierra Leone – The number of cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone has significantly declined since the outbreak was declared. IMC established a permanent training center in Lunsar, where they have held more than 1,300 sessions for health workers.

Guinea – Unfortunately the number of Ebola cases remains high, despite relief efforts. IMC is training healthcare professionals on Ebola treatment procedures and establishing Rapid Response Teams.

Mali -Although Mali has been declared free of Ebola, IMC is currently offering Ebola prevention training, working to open a permanent Infectious Disease and Management Training Center in Bamako, establishing Rapid Response Teams, and partnering with the Mali government to establish a response hub in Bamako.

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