PORTLAND, ORE. – June 30, 2014 – Medical Teams International (MTI) is amplifying their response to the recent outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.
Working with the local Ministry of Health and local hospitals in Bong County Liberia, MTI is preparing to mobilize staff and medical volunteers to provide support. The humanitarian relief and development organization also will coordinate shipments of donated medicines and supplies.
The epidemic, which began in Guinea at the early part of the year, has spread to 60 locations, including several in Liberia. According to the World Health Organization, the recent outbreak of the virus, which causes fever, diarrhea and internal bleeding, has resulted in a higher death toll than any other outbreak since it first infected humans in Africa in 1976.
"This outbreak is unprecedented, devastating and spreading,” says Joe DiCarlo, MTI’s Vice President, Programs. “Medical Teams International is contributing to the solution - treating the afflicted and protecting the healthy."
Over the past few months, MTI in Liberia has participated in Ebola response in the region including community sensitization on the virus, protective supply distribution for healthcare workers and families, monitoring outbreaks, and quarantine of any suspected cases until tested.
Medical Teams International is seeking support to fund these efforts. Online donations are accepted at www.medicalteams.org.