Field Notes

Ebola Update: What We're Doing in Liberia

by: Meredith Maines
September 17, 2014

The Ebola virus is Liberia’s biggest threat since its eight-year civil war that killed 200,000. It’s the hardest hit of all nations plagued by the epidemic. And as of last week, the country has reported more than 2,000 confirmed, probable, or suspected cases—including 1,307 deaths—though actual figures are likely much higher.

Patients in Ebola’s advanced stages continue to arrive at facilities that cannot admit them. Thankfully, four new case-management centers will be established in Monrovia, adding some 500 beds in the capital alone. But there’s still much more to be done—you can help!

Since early August, Ebola relief has been Living Water Liberia’s full focus. Armed with protective gear and special Ebola-prevention training, our staff are:

  • Providing hand washing materials (bleach, hand sanitizers, buckets) to churches, clinics, and other affected communities
  • Raising Ebola awareness through radio broadcasts
  • Printing and distributing messages on Ebola to churches, youth groups, and community health volunteers to raise awareness in 10 communities—providing 2,500 printed materials to 1,500 people
  • Drilling two wells at the Ebola treatment center in Bong County, one of the largest Ebola treatment centers in the country
  • Beginning another well at the Ebola treatment center in Kakata, Margibi County
  • Rehabilitating six wells to restore clean water access for communities, two at a hospital and clinic
  • Conducting Orality training by radio over three local stations

As weekly contributors on high-level, national delegations, our staff have a key role in guiding public-works strategies. We’re grateful to be recognized by the national government as crucial stakeholders in the fight against Ebola. You help make all this possible—thank you!

We want to accomplish more emergency operations like these above, in both Liberia and neighboring Sierra Leone. A gift from you will save lives and equip our staff on the front lines of affected areas—please donate now!

Published September 19, 2014