Ebola Virus Update

Sierra Leone Ebola centre

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:Food supplies for Ebola affected families

Sierra Leone

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.Ebola outbreak Pastor team Sierra Leone

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.

Liberia

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.

Quick Facts about Ebola:

  • Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage
  • Fatality rate can reach 90% - but current outbreak has mortality rate of about 55%
  • Incubation period is two to 21 days
  • There is no vaccine or cure
  • Supportive care such as rehydrating patients who have diarrhea and vomiting can help recovery
  • Fruit bats, a delicacy for some West Africans, are considered to be virus's natural host

While ERDO's Ebola outbreak response has concluded, we encourage donors to give to our general Crisis Response Fund so that we are able to quickly access funds when crises like this strike. Thank you for your support.

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