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Ebola Epidemic - Disaster Response

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

The deadliest and most widespread Ebola epidemic in history continues to spread in West Africa. In addition to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the virus has now spread to Nigeria. According to the WHO, there are over 4,200 suspected cases and over 2,400 deaths.

Liberia has the highest number of cases and deaths.  This strain of the virus is 60% fatal, and there is no vaccine or cure. MTI is utilizing our experience, expertise and presence within Liberia to help contain the virus's deadly spread.

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As the situation escalates and the local governments declare states of emergency, our staff in Liberia are ramping up our work to contain the deadly virus.  In addition to working in Bomi and Grand Camp Mount Counties, we are expanding our response to Montserrado.  MTI is coordinating response activities with the Ministry of Health, who has requested our assistance. 

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MTI Response

Currently, MTI has a leading role among the Liberia Non-Governmental Organizations in Monrovia, coordinating Ebola response.

Some of our key initiatives to help control the deadly virus involve:

  • Mobilizing community health volunteers to provide Ebola prevention in the community. Sensitization of the community on how the virus spreads is critical to containing the virus.  Rumors and misunderstanding in the community abound, with people refusing to identify contacts because they believe white people are bringing the disease or fear they will contract the virus if placed in isolation.  
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • Increasing capacity.  MTI will be providing additional staff to support our current Liberian staff.
  • Shipping supplies. MTI is sending shipments of Personal Protective Equipment kits (PPEs), gloves and body bags.
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MTI staff perform an assessment of a Liberian health clinic and counsel clinic staff on best practice for Ebola prevention.

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 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.

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Partners

  • Liberian Ministry of Health

    Total Cases of Ebola Virus in Liberia - September 3rd

    MTI is currently responding to the outbreak in Grand Cape Mount County, Bomi County, and Montserrado County.

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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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