Recovering from the Ebola Crisis in West Africa
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Recovering from the Ebola Crisis in West Africa

In 2014, the deadly Ebola virus disease rampaged across West Africa. The unprecedented outbreak claimed thousands of lives. Although the number of new reported cases has dipped substantially, the virus is not yet contained.

Samaritan’s Purse is responding aggressively in Liberia, where we have had a country office for more than a decade, through our Ebola Community Protection Program. We continue to work toward stopping the virus while looking ahead to recovery for the country. Our objectives are threefold: to share the love of Jesus Christ, to get to zero Ebola cases, and to build resilience in Liberia.

Currently, Liberians are struggling with trauma and a lack of trust in the health care system. To help rebuild the system, we will continue a project that we started before the Ebola outbreak—ELWA hospital reconstruction.

Communities that handled Ebola well had leaders who believed that the virus was real. Samaritan’s Purse hopes to connect with community leaders through a leadership training to help more of them effectively handle similar situations in the future.

We will also reengage with churches and at-risk people to encourage them and children to provide health messaging. This will begin by training our Samaritan’s Purse staff members in counseling so that they can communicate well with the people they serve.

Our current work builds off the massive response we mounted last year. During the height of the outbreak, Samaritan's Purse provided hygiene training along with infection prevention and control kits to affected communities. The ministry also offered home-based caregiver training and materials. We constructed four community care centers that provided supportive treatment as an interim step before going to an Ebola treatment unit. To support these various efforts, we airlifted nearly 200 tons of relief supplies to Liberia.

Through a massive public education campaign, which included thousands of church leaders, we provided potentially life-saving information to more than 1 million people, directly or indirectly, through a variety of events and media.

 
 
 
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West Africa-Ebola Response An unprecedented outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) is claiming lives daily in West Africa. To battle this terrible scourge, Samaritan's Purse will establish and manage Community Care Centers in hard-hit areas of Liberia. Our other public health initiatives include caregiver training and a massive education campaign coupled with the distribution of infection prevention and control kits. Ignorance and fear remain major obstacles in the fight to stop Ebola.

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