This post was updated on October 20, 2014
While much attention has turned to the work governments are doing to address the Ebola crisis, non-government organizations are still working tirelessly, on the ground, to combat this outbreak.
You can be a part of the solution by donating to organizations that are providing vital support to communities in Western Africa, including these:
From the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières website: “MSF teams in West Africa are seeing critical gaps in all aspects of the response, including medical care, training of health staff, infection control, contact tracing, epidemiological surveillance, alert and referral systems, community education and mobilization.”
From Catholic Relief Services (CRS): “CRS is supporting programming in the three most affected countries to respond to both the immediate and medium term needs of affected populations – ensuring access to basic health services, the safety of health professionals, awareness raising and food and psychosocial support for vulnerable families and individuals. CRS is also assessing the impact on food supplies and the availability of essential agriculture inputs for the upcoming planting season as a means of identifying the needs for longer term recovery interventions.”
From Africare: “Africare, in partnership with President Ellen Johnson of Liberia, her Ebola Task Force, the Ministry of Health, County Health Advisors and multiple NGOs working alongside us on the ground, is providing critical support to community health workers, burial teams, clinics and hospitals.”
“To date, Africare has trained more than 300 Community Health Volunteers on ‘Ebola Dos and Don’ts,’ reached approximately 30,000 people with social and behavior change messages about the disease and distributed more than 60 pallets of medical supplies and PPEs to hospitals and health facilities in Monrovia, Bong and Nimba counties.”
From Samaritan’s Purse’s website: “In remote areas of the country, Samaritan’s Purse will train Liberians to run 10-bed facilities that provide basic supportive care. Our national and international staff will manage operations. Four large tents to be used in the set up of these facilities were onboard the 747, which represents just the beginning of the work as Samaritan’s Purse is prepared to build and manage up to 15 Community Care Centers in rural areas across the country.”
Looking for other ways to get involved? You can help by spreading facts about the Ebola virus to fight misconceptions, learning more about how the global health community is responding and sharing personal stories from the doctors on the ground.
The Centers for Disease Control is a great resource for reliable information, including this fact sheet.
If you are a qualified medical professional and you would like to volunteer to fight Ebola in West Africa, learn more on USAID’s website.