Janaury 22, 2015
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there has been a turning point in the fight against the Ebola virus. This largest outbreak of Ebola in human history has killed over 8,600 people and infected another 21,700. The outbreak has been focused in three countries: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. According to the WHO report the number of weekly cases are declining. In Liberia for example, the number of cases is down to 8 per week from the peak number of 509.
While this news is encouraging, there is always a risk of an increase if there is a lowering of care for patients and a reduction in precautions to eliminate transmission.
Thanks to the support of generous churches and individual donors, ERDO was able to fund the following work:
In cooperation with the existing local government District Health Management Teams we provided sensitization training to church members and communities on the prevention of the virus. We worked with the Assemblies of God of Sierra Leone and all of their 100 churches.
Relief packages of food were distributed, as well as basic disease prevention supplies and community training to help prevent the transmission of the virus. The medical supplies distributed included: masks, disposable gloves and boots, chlorine, chlorux or whitex, soap and buckets with taps for handwashing.
Working with the Assemblies of God Liberia, ERDO completed the distributions of emergency food and hospital beds. ERDO's response, made possible through generous gifts from churches and individuals provided food and medical supplies for 2,000 people suspected of having Ebola located at four health centres. The medical supplies assisted an additonal 3,000 people at 15 health centres.
The Liberian Observer, a media outlet in Monrovia, Liberia, posted an online article about ERDO's involvement in the distribution of aid. Read by clicking here.
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