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Ebola Epidemic - Disaster Response

Medical Teams International is improving safety in communities, families and health clinics through education and training to stop the spread of Ebola in West Africa and around the world. Donate to help STOP EBOLA NOW.

MTI Coordinating Ebola Response in Liberia

Medical Teams International is taking a leadership role among NGOs in Liberia in the fight to stop the spread of Ebola. As the situation escalates, the Liberian Ministry of Health, the CDC, the WHO, and other NGOs have requested MTI's expertise to help contain the deadly virus. We are now on the ground responding in seven Liberian counties and mobilizing to expand to all fifteen.

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According to the CDC, there are over 9,900 suspected cases of Ebola and over 4,800 deaths. Liberia has the highest number of cases and deaths, with over 2,700 confirmed.  This strain of the virus is over 60% fatal, and there is no vaccine or cure.


Ebola Response Initatives

  • Social mobilization provide Ebola prevention in the community. Sensitization of the community on how the virus spreads is critical to containing the virus. While MTI was heavily involved with community outreach in early summer, most education to the general public is taking place over national media (radio, billboards, etc).  MTI continues to meet with community leaders to ensure compliance with protocols.
  • Infection prevention and control (IPC) in the home.  Ebola patients need to be treated at home as delays occur in transferring them to an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU).  MTI is training Community Health Workers to share information and supplies with the community so they can treat Ebola cases at home in the interim.
  • Providing protection training of health workers. Health workers are afraid to go to work for fear of infection, and non-Ebola related deaths result.  MTI is training in the basics of Ebola and how to protect themselves from infection.  MTI is also working with clinics to establish triage areas that are isolated from the Outpatient Departments.
  • Supporting health workers.  MTI staff is providing quality assurance to ensure that health workers are protecting themselves.  In doing so, MTI staff will not be exposed to Ebola patients.
  • Improving infection control measures at health facilities.  MTI is providing timely and accurate tracing and follow up of Ebola contacts as well as performing clinic assessments and on-site corrective feedback.
  • Running Community Care Centers (CCC).  UNHCR has requested that MTI run CCCs in three refugee camps in Liberia.  We are setting up triage at the camp's health centers and training local staff.
  • Shipping supplies. MTI is sending shipments of Personal Protective Equipment kits (PPEs), gloves and body bags.

Our teams cannot help contain the virus without your help! Please donate today.

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Shipments of Personal Protective Equipment kits (PPEs), gloves, and body bags at MTI's distribution center, bound for Liberia.

Partners

  • Heart to Heart
  • Humedica
  • OFDA
  • Liberian Ministry of Health
  • Paul Allen Foundation
  • UNHCR
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    MTI Liberia Health Advisor, George Kaine holds up printed materials to help educate how Ebola is transmitted. Educating the community is critical to containing the virus's spread.

    Your gift of $27 sends one Personal Protective Equipment Kit to Liberia:

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    Key Facts about Transmitting the Ebola Virus

    • Although terrifying and deadly, Ebola is surprisingly hard to contract unless a person comes in direct contact with blood, vomit or other bodily fluids.
    • A person is NOT contagious until they are symptomatic (fever, headache and fatigue) or have died.
    • A person can incubate the virus without symptoms for 2-21 days, the average being 5 to 8 days before becoming ill.
    • The virus is easily killed by contact with soap, bleach, sunlight or drying. A washing machine will kill the virus in clothing saturated with infected body fluids.
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    MTI staff perform an assessment of a Liberian health clinic and counsel clinic staff on best practice for Ebola prevention.

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    Watch: World News with Diane Sawyer featuring MTI volunteer, Dr. Alan Jamison, who responded to the Ebola crisis in Liberia.



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