Ebola virus disease is a deadly haemorrhagic fever that rampaged across West Africa. The unprecedented outbreak from 2-13-2015 claimed over 11,000 lives and threatened millions more.
Samaritan’s Purse responded in Liberia, where we have had a country office for more than a decade, by constructing and managing Community Care Centres in areas hit hard by the disease.
A team of 15 International field staff focused on the implementation of the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Community Protection Programme, working alongside 350 Samaritan’s Purse national staff.
The team also ran an Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Education Campaign, distributing up to 50,000 kits filled with basic hygiene items (such as disinfectant and cleaning supplies) to campaign participants, and provided training to health workers so they can provide hygienic, supportive care for infected community members.
In October 2014, a 747 cargo jet flew from the United States to Liberia, loaded with critically needed supplies to help protect people from Ebola. The supplies included rubber gloves, face masks, rubber boots and disinfectants.
We have provided potentially life-saving information to more than 1 million people directly or indirectly through a variety of events since March 2013.
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