Ebola RITE - Rapid Ebola Response
Infection Risk persists
After being declared “Ebola free” twice since the major outbreak of 2014, the fight against the disease is ongoing. New cases of Ebola were identified in Liberia in late November 2015.
However, Liberian health authorities are now better equipped to handle new outbreak. The latest cases are already seeing improved coordination of response efforts to prevent another outbreak. The area of Monrovia where the latest cases were identified is surrounded by health clinics that MTI supported last year. We are still working hard to strengthen Liberia's health system and will continue to provide expertise in the fight against Ebola.
Spring of 2014 marked the beginning of the largest outbreak of Ebola that the world had ever seen. The deadly virus ravaged West Africa. By fall, the death toll in Liberia was over 2,500 and growing every day. Community misconceptions about Ebola as well as Liberia's already weak health system caused the virus to spread out of control and beyond the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare's ability to address it.
MTI has operated community health programs in Liberia for over a decade, working with a vast network of clinics as part of our health systems strengthening projects. At the outset of the outbreak, MTI's Liberian field staff and teams mobilized to fight Ebola. Throughout the crisis, MTI implemented community education programs, which were seen by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Liberian Ministry of Health (MoH) as the most effective way to fight Ebola. The MoH, the CDC, the WHO, and other NGOs requested MTI's expertise to help contain the deadly virus, and MTI soon took on a leadership role among NGOs in Liberia.
Infection Prevention and Control at a clinic in Liberia.
A New Outbreak
On May 9th, the World Health Organization declared Liberia Ebola-free but new cases were reported in early July. Your donations played a critical role in stopping the initial outbreak and are providing resources to help Liberia fight off these new cases.
Your gifts provide training of health workers, implement infection control at clinics, and shipp desperately-needed supplies and protective gear. Thanks to your support, Liberia is better prepared to fight off this new outbreak. Thank you for your compassion and prayers.
The virus is still active in neighboring countries, so permanent eradication of Ebola in Liberia is extremely difficult. Before this new outbreak, MTI and other NGOs were transitioning into a recovery phase to strengthen capacity and scale up infection prevention and control protocols.
Now, this preparation is being used to fight off and protect communities from this new outbreak.
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- Reduce morbidity and mortality as a result of Ebola in Liberia through a rapid response initiative.
- Provide a package of support in the counties of Sinoe, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount (GCM), where we have done the bulk of our work. Our goal is to closely support County Health Teams (CHTs) by building their capacity to rapidly respond to the changing situation and context.
- Health Systems and clinical support
- Shipping of medical supplies
- Community health education
- Restoration of health systems
Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)
Ministry of Health