EBOLA News & Updates:

The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest in history and the first Ebola epidemic the world has ever known —affecting several west African countries mainly Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia. Since the end of July, hundreds of new cases of the Ebola virus disease have been reported across the West African region causing panic throughout the region. The World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak a state of emergency at a press conference, urging people to donate money and resources to efforts to contain the deadly disease
Liberia:
An outbreak of Ebola has been ongoing in Liberia since March 2014. This epidemic presents additional challenges for a country struggling to rebuild after several years of civil war. The Liberian government has reported new Ebola cases as of September 23 at 3458 with 1,830 confirmed. According to reports, the most affected counties are Lofa, Montserrado, Bong, and Bomi.
What is Ebola?
Ebola virus disease (also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever) is a rare and deadly disease which is spread by direct contact with a sick person’s blood or body fluids. It is also spread by contact with contaminated objects or infected animals. Symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness, followed by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. Skin rash, red eyes, and internal and external bleeding may be seen in some patients.
Ebola is not an airborne virus; it is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluid. During an outbreak, those at the highest risk of infection are health workers, family members and people who have been in close contact with an Ebola patient. Without proper education and equipment, Ebola can quickly spread.
How Is The Annie T. Doe Memorial Foundation Helping?
The Annie T. Doe Memorial Foundation has launched an Ebola Awareness Campaign with the following focus:

  • Educating over 5,000 people in Grand Bassa County, Liberia about the effect of Ebola and key preventive measures using information and leaflets from the Ministry of Health
  • In Partnership with the Grand Bassa County Health Task Force to help prevent the spread of Ebola
  • Donated essential items for sanitization of the Ebola outbreak

 

Since there have been few suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola reported in Grand Bassa County; we recognize the need to proactively educate communities in Bassa on ways to prevent the spread of the virus while reducing fear and misconceptions about the virus. We seek to help raise awareness of the risk factors for Ebola infection and the protective measures individuals and communities can take to reduce human infection and death.

 

As such; our Ebola Awareness Campaign will focus on the following:

  • What is Ebola and how is it transmitted?
  • How to recognize the signs and symptoms of Ebola?
  • What measures and precautions can help to avoid exposure to the disease?
  • How to deal with suspected cases of Ebola?

 

To support our Ebola Awareness Campaign, please consider making a donation today. Your support will help with printing of leaflets, posters and most importantly, may save a life.

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