Below are updates from some of the charities working to stop Ebola.
1. Canadian Red Cross
“With the support of donors – Red Cross scales up Ebola response in Sierra Leone”
The Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has launched the expansion of its Ebola operations in Sierra Leone with a three-day workshop.
Designed to train newly recruited staff responding exclusively to the Ebola crisis, the workshop will see Red Cross activities expand from one district to six.
The three-day workshop in Sierra Leone focused on how to detect the signs and symptoms of Ebola, prevention strategies, tools for community mobilization, as well as providing a space for participants to ask questions and share their concerns. The Red Cross underlines the importance of adequately preparing its staff to undertake their various roles.
2. Save the Children
“Tell the World Leaders to End Ebola!”
Earlier this week, Save the Children launched a petition in collaboration with partners to call on world leaders to deliver the resources desperately needed for the international response on Ebola.
As 20 of the world’s biggest countries in terms of both economy and population, the members of the G20 are ideally placed to deliver the resources desperately needed for the international response on Ebola. According to the UN, if states have committed and deployed the required resources by the time of the G20 meeting in November the transmission rate will be on track to decline by the end of the year.
“Ebola: Back to school through the radio waves”
School may be out of the question because of the current Ebola crisis, but the Ministry of Education with support from UNICEF and other partners is trying to make sure learning continues, through an innovative national radio education programme launched this week.
“The aim is to reach 1.8 million children that have no access to the school with quality education opportunities”, says Uche Ezirim, Education Manager at UNICEF. The programme includes psychosocial support and life skills to cope with the impact of the Ebola crisis.
With a net attendance ratio of the 70% for primary school, and an average 36% for secondary (male, female), the radio education programme is a useful stop-gap measure for Serra Leonean students.
4. World Vision Canada
“Ebola outbreak: World Vision mounts prevention response, supplies frontline responders with protective gear”
World Vision transported a massive delivery of 200 pallets of medical relief supplies to Sierra Leone, thanks to private donations. The material is being distributed to supply medical facilities across the country.
McKesson Medical-Surgical, donated 4 million pairs of latex gloves — enough to meet the entire country of Sierra Leone’s needs for the next five months* — to World Vision.
McKesson Medical-Surgical’s glove donation is part of a massive shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) kits that World Vision is supplying to health workers in Sierra Leone, helping to ensure that those caring for people infected with Ebola will be protected.
5. Food for the Hungry
“Food for the Hungry Partners with Integral Alliance to Quell Ebola Infections in Liberia”
Food for the Hungry (FH), through an Integral Alliance partnership that includes Medical Teams International (MTI), is helping to prevent Ebola from spreading in Liberia, working in seven Liberian counties.
The Integral Alliance partnership will perform the following:
– Social Mobilization
– Home Based Infection Prevention and Control
– Triage at Clinics
– Restoration of Essential Health Services
6. ADRA Canada
ADRA is currently delivering food to more than 130,000 people in Liberia. With the right precaution and protective clothing, our local staff is taking food to men, women, and even orphaned children who are quarantined or otherwise isolated due to the virus.
ADRA with strategic partners is ensuring the protection of the front-line fighters by delivering medical supplies to Cooper Adventist Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital. Partnered with Loma Linda University, Cooper Adventist Hospital is one of the few hospitals in the region that has remained open during this crisis.
7. Global Medic
On October 15th, GlobalMedic team loaded a 40 foot sea container full of Personal Protective Equipment destined for Monrovia, Liberia. This follows a shipment sent last week to Freetown, Sierra Leone. To date, GlobalMedic has sent the following to West Africa to help protect healthcare workers on the front-lines of the Ebola crisis:
· 135,000 Exam Gloves
· 378,800 Pleated Procedure Face Masks
· 293,790 Surgical Masks with N95 Respirators
· 1,350 Tyvek Coveralls
· 84,750 Disposable Isolation Gowns
· 25,632 Splash/Face Shields
· 34,560 Accel Disinfectant Wipes
· 28,000 Containment Bags
· 16 Physician Hospital Packs of Essential Medicines specifically designed for suspected Ebola case management
· 10 16’ by 16’ Isolation Tents
· 16 Hospital Carts
GlobalMedic will continue to fill the supply chain with additional shipments of PPE to West Africa.
8. Partners in Health Canada
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a defining global health challenge of our time. The virus has killed thousands of people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, and thousands more cases have been confirmed. Tens of thousands of people could be infected as the virus spreads. The outbreak has put an enormous strain on already weak health systems, and international organizations and higher-income countries have been slow to respond.
Partners In Health is leading a coalition to combat this outbreak, working alongside two outstanding grassroots organizations—Last Mile Health in Liberia and Wellbody Alliance in Sierra Leone. These longtime PIH partners are already working to train health workers, identify sick patients, and deliver quality care. As the epidemic advances, these groups need support to provide comprehensive prevention, care, and treatment. “The Ebola crisis is a reflection of long-standing and growing inequalities of access to basic health care. Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone do not have the staff, stuff, and systems required to halt the outbreak on their own,” wrote PIH Co-founders Drs. Paul Farmer and Jim Yong Kim in a recent op-ed. “It would be scandalous to let this crisis escalate further when we have the knowledge, tools, and resources to stop it.”