The Perfect Storm
A deadly and rare virus, an already overwhelmed health system, and stigma, fear, and lack of awareness combined to create a catastrophic “perfect Ebola storm” in Liberia. PCI has been on the ground since the outbreak began working with community groups to teach Liberians how to prevent the spread of Ebola, training health care workers to fight and treat the virus, and distributing life-saving medical equipment to hospitals and health clinics.
As the numbers of infected and deceased continue to rise, the need for action to stop the spread of Ebola in Liberia is increasingly urgent.
The outbreak has taken a significant toll on Liberia’s health systems, economy, and government infrastructure. Many hospitals and clinics have either closed completely or are treating only Ebola patients. The availability of services for non-Ebola health needs is virtually non-existent, forcing the sick and even pregnant women to go without care.
PCI is responding to the crisis by equipping communities and health professionals with the knowledge, infrastructure, and supplies necessary to prevent the spread of Ebola. Specifically, PCI is actively providing critical help by expanding community education campaigns; training health care providers; constructing infrastructure for the isolation of suspected cases; and providing personal protective equipment and sanitation necessities to minimize the spread of the virus.
These actions, combined with efforts to restart and maintain regular health services, are urgently needed to contain the outbreak and save lives in the hardest hit areas of Liberia.
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