The recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa was the deadliest occurrence of the disease since its discovery in 1976; with thousands of cases spreading across Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Since its outbreak in March 2014, there have been approximately 27,741 cases of the virus causing 11,284 deaths.
In Sierra Leone and Liberia, the worst affected countries, there is a weak health care system and a lack of infrastructure, mostly due to emerging from long periods of instability, and a critical need for a clean, safe supply of water to use for the treatment of Ebola. Caring for a single Ebola patient uses a staggering 250 litres of water per day. That’s over 15 times more than someone living in a typical rural community.
£100,000 invested to date
150,000 lives changed
We feel good because it’s the first time we have seen people talking to us about Ebola.
- Water provision to support health facilities involved with Ebola management and affected communities
- Provision of hand washing stations in high-risk contamination zones and in communal locations (markets/churches/transport terminals)
- Social mobilisation through the training of community health workers, community committees and key stakeholders
- Mass messaging (through radio broadcasts, community loudspeakers, posters, leaflets) to raise public awareness on prevention
- Distribution of educational posters