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Infection Control Initiative

A resurgence of the deadly Ebola virus has struck three West African countries - GUINEA, LIBERIA, and SIERRA LEONE (see map on right). Many of the communities affected are those MedShare has and continues to serve with medical supplies and equipment. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those impacted by this deadly disease.

In June 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that
the current Ebola virus outbreak, which began six months ago,
is now the deadliest on record.

On June 23, the WHO reported 635 Ebola cases, including 399 deaths. Just two weeks later, 844 cases of Ebola were reported in the three countries, including 518 deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is in regular communication with its international partners, WHO and MSF regarding the outbreak. Currently, CDC has a 7-person team in Guinea assisting the respective Ministers of Health and the WHO-led international response to this Ebola outbreak.

Since July 3, Liberia has reported 16 new Ebola cases, while Sierra Leone reported 34 new cases, which indicates that “active viral transmission continues in the community.” At the same time, Guinea has seen a reduction in cases and no new ones being reported.

"It is with heavy heart that am writing to you about the
outbreak of Ebola in our country.

Sierra Leone has one of the poorest health care systems in the world and the country is ill prepared to deal with an outbreak of such magnitude.
We are proud to say we are the only hospital [in the district] with a full complement of examination gloves thanks to the donation from Medshare."

-- Dr. Kwame O'Neill, Moyamba Government Hospital, Sierra Leone

Although there is no known cure for this disease, healthcare workers are in desperate need of medical supplies (particularly protective clothing) to treat the symptoms and help prevent the spread of this highly infectious disease. 

We hope you will support our work to assist healthcare professionals in West Africa working tirelessly to treat and prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.

   Please click on the button below to make a donation of your choice.
Thank you. Your gift will make a difference.

 

When disaster strikes, MedShare stands ready to respond to those in need.

From disasters like the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, cholera outbreaks in Zimbabwe, drought and famine in East Africa, and the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, MedShare is often called on for help in collaboration with our nongovernmental and medical mission team partners and our corporate and hospital donors.

You can help by donating to our Urgent Humanitarian Relief Program


Our Shipments to Ebola-affected areas

MedShare has shipped 40-foot containers of medical supplies and equipment over the past 15 years to communities in need in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Click here to see more detail on those and all of our shipments.

MedShare Responds

To see how MedShare humanitarian aid has made a difference in responding to previous disasters, click on the links below:

Rebuilding after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Humanitarian Aid after Earthquake in Haiti

Tsunami Relief in the South Pacific

Rebuilding Healthcare Systems in Afghanistan

Cholera Treatment in Zimbabwe

For more information

If you would like to know if a specific need is being supported by MedShare or would like instructions on how to wire funds or transfer gifts or stock, please contact:

Lane Conville-Canney, Development Manager, 404-537-5079, lconville-canney@medshare.org

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