Field Notes

Ebola Update: Liberia Response Restores Hope

by: Meredith Maines
September 23, 2014

With the recent report of three Ebola cases in Liberia’s Grand Kru County, the deadly outbreak has officially spread to all of the nation’s 15 counties. A state of emergency is still in affect, and the unprecedented price-hike on basic commodities at local markets continues to make daily life difficult.

But thankfully, international partners—the US, Germany, Britain, and the Africa Development Bank—are responding with support. Already, the United States has begun delivering supplies and personnel as part of its plan to deploy 3,000 troops to build 17 Ebola treatment centers and train up to 500 health care workers per week. The capital’s national football stadium is even being repurposed into additional treatment centers.

Communities that have been fervently praying for practical results are heartened by the response—a little hope restored! We’re grateful to be part of the solution, thanks to your support. Since our last update, Living Water Liberia has continued to make headway against the disease:

  • Broadcasting three interactive orality radio programs and four hygiene-promotion broadcasts in collaboration with the Liberia Pastors Association in Margibi County
  • Drilling one new well at the Ebola treatment center in Kakata City, Margibi County
  • Rehabilitating five wells, reaching Cooper Farm, Lower Johnsonville, Island Clinic and two sites in Dennis Town
  • Distributing cleaning supplies and visual aids to five health facilities, one Ebola treatment center, 44 churches and 29 other communities
  • Distributing 800 Ebola awareness materials, benefitting more than 1,000 people

Leave a comment of encouragement for our Liberia staff below—we’ll make sure to forward it to them! Then please send a donation their way to keep our life-saving emergency response on track.

Published September 26, 2014.