Liberia, declared Ebola-free on May 9th, faces new cases of the disease.
Liberia was declared “Ebola free” more than seven weeks ago, but the battle against the disease is ongoing. Two new cases of Ebola were identified in Liberia in early July.
However, Liberian health authorities are now better equipped to handle new outbreaks. We are still working hard to strengthen Liberia's health system and will continue to provide expertise in the fight against Ebola.
Your support saved countless lives during the initial outbreak and allowed Liberia to better prepare for these new cases. Thank you for your generosity and compassion for the people of West Africa!
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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