HELP US SAVE LIVES AND FIGHT EBOLA IN LIBERIA

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“THE LEVEL OF OUTBREAK IS BEYOND ANYTHING WE’VE SEEN—OR EVEN IMAGINED.”
– Dr. Tom Frieden, The Director Of The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

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.

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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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Promoting Ebola awareness

EBOLA IS REAL, EBOLA KILLS

More than 100 people surrounded the woman lying in the grass 50 yards from the clinic, talking in whispers, staring, pointing. The Liberian woman was feverish and very weak; she did not have the strength to stand. Twine had been strung around her to keep people from getting too close, with handwritten signs reading, “Ebola is real, Ebola kills.”

Health clinic staff in the town of Totota in Bong County denied the woman entry to the health clinic because they had no protective gear; they were understandably concerned for themselves and the other patients. They called for the county ambulance to bring her to an isolation unit, but the ambulance never came. Another woman sat next to the ill woman, cradling her head, unconcerned with the risk she faced by exposing herself to the disease.

According to a community health volunteer, the “caretaker” wandered the community, had no home, and suffered from mental health issues. The ill woman spent two days and nights on the ground, through the rain and gawking onlookers, until the struggle ended and she died.