The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the West African Ebola Outbreak as an International Health Emergency. According to the Center for Disease Control, “The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest in history and the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This outbreak is actually the first Ebola epidemic the world has ever known — affecting multiple countries in and around West Africa.”
Thousands of lives have already been devastated by this disease. More than 2400 people have already died, and nearly 5000 people have been infected.
So far the crisis has been largely limited to Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, with a small number of cases in Nigeria and Senegal, but the situation is far from contained.
Not only is this a tragic event for those who have become ill and their families, it poses a risk for the region and potentially the world. In recent weeks, the infection rate has risen exponentially and some experts have estimated that as many as 77,181 to 277,124 people could be infected by years’ end if nothing is done to curb transmission.
CanadaHelps has activated its Crisis Relief Centre website to help donors find and support charities aiding in relief efforts.
CanadaHelps’ Crisis Relief Centre makes it easy for Canadians who want to help with relief efforts by providing a trusted list of registered charities actively responding to this crisis. Canadians can then easily and securely donate online directly to any of these charitable efforts with confidence that their funds are going to the right place.
You can help stop the spread of Ebola now. To donate, please visit the website now
If you represent a registered Canadian charity providing relief that is not currently listed on the site, please contact us and we will update the site.