| Jul 31, 2014
Reports from West Africa are alarming. The Ebola epidemic is unprecedented, the deadliest outbreak in history with over 660 deaths.
After the recent news of two American aid workers becoming infected with the virus, we wanted to provide you with an update on our ongoing Ebola response efforts in Liberia.
Yesterday, Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf issued a special statement on efforts to combat the spread. As international borders close, our U.S. volunteer doctor has returned. Additionally, our partner ELWA hospital in Monrovia is no longer accepting patients so we have put our surge capacity response on hold, eliminating the need for U.S.-based volunteer teams at this time.
MTI strives to make the greatest impact possible for those in urgent need, and our core work in Liberia is centered on community health education. As such, our Ebola response continues to be focused on providing virus-transmission education though mobilization of our community health volunteers. We continue to provide education, materials, supplies, and training on preventing the virus’s spread throughout Grand Cape Mount County. We are also providing training and education of health workers on the basics of Ebola and how to protect themselves from infection.
Community messaging of community health workers is seen by the Ministry of Health and the international community as the best way to attack the spread of Ebola.
MTI’s disaster response teams hold daily meetings with our Liberian staff and continue to be in constant communication. However, information from the field changes hourly. Our field staff continues to assess the situation, meeting with other NGOs and the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia. We will determine our next steps based on latest information.
Please pray for those affected by this horrible disease.
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