Stopping Ebola in its tracks: an urgent update
With Plan’s support, community leaders conduct information sessions and educational activities on Ebola detection and prevention.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the spread of Ebola in West Africa an international health emergency. Every day, the death toll is climbing higher and higher. Every day, families are losing loved ones, and children are losing parents – or falling sick themselves. You may be wondering what can possibly be done to stop such a deadly disease from spreading and claiming more and more lives. The first step in preventing Ebola is awareness.
- So far over 10,000 people have died from Ebola in West Africa this year.
- It has been the worst outbreak of Ebola in history, and the rate of infection is escalating.
- Documented cases have appeared in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, along with 2 reported deaths in Nigeria.
- Ebola is transmitted through the bodily fluids of an infected person.
- There is no vaccine and no cure, so the best way to contain Ebola is to prevent it – and Plan is uniquely positioned to do just that.
Plan-provided hand-washing devices.
Plan staff have been working in these communities for decades, and are trusted partners who can get accurate prevention information to people who are living in a state of fear and anxiety about whether they can keep their families safe.
“As a doctor, I can tell you that although this is a deadly and terrifying illness, we can stop it in its path. But we need your help to do it,” explains Plan Canada’s Dr. Tanjina Mirza. With your assistance, we can save lives, prevent children and families from getting sick, and prevent suffering.
What will your donations fund?
Plan is providing health workers with financial support for health and sanitation resources and supplies like fuel, food, and disinfectant.
With your support, Plan will:
- Hold community awareness sessions and radio campaigns on how to prevent the transmission of the Ebola virus
- Train health workers in effective infection control procedures, including the proper use of protective equipment and the isolation of those exposed
- Set-up hand-washing stations at schools, health posts and other public facilities to help families maintain a level of basic hygiene that will help keep them safe.
It is essential that we act immediately to get vital, lifesaving information to children and families at risk. The countries affected by Ebola are among the poorest in the world, with fragile or non-existent public health systems that are ill equipped to reach the most vulnerable people with the most urgent prevention messages. Your help is needed to stop this terrible and frightening situation from becoming even worse.
Together, we can prevent new infections and save lives.
Additional reading: Fear won’t put a stop Ebola, but humanitarian action can by Rosemary McCarney, Plan Canada's President and CEO