A new approach to fight Ebola
Equipping hospitals to respond quickly to Ebola infections
Fighting the Ebola outbreak
2,400 dead|3,600 infected|Hospitals overwhelmed
On 26 December 2013, a 2-year-old boy in the remote Guinean village of Meliandou fell ill with a mysterious illness characterized by fever and vomiting. He died 2 days later. The World Health Organisation would later identify that child as West Africa’s first case of Ebola virus disease.
Today more than 2,400 people have died from Ebola in Guinea and another 3,600 infected. The outbreak would spread into neighbouring countries, killing thousands more in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Vaccinations & disease: International Medical Corps began working in Guinea in late 2014, when the Ebola crisis was at its worst. Although the number of Ebola cases continue to fluctuate Guinea, new cases in the region are declining overall and there is cause for optimism.
Now health experts agree we have to take a more active step in finding the remaining infections hidden throughout the countryside to end the crisis. International Medical Corps is answering that call in Guinea with a new approach to fighting Ebola. International Medical Corps’ first project to be based in Guinea will equip 10 district hospitals with the facilities, training, and supplies they need to respond quickly and efficiently to potential cases of Ebola infection.
We have established a Rapid Response Team to deploy to Ebola hotspots as needed.
Training: Our teams of Ebola experts are also training local and international staff on how to prevent and treat the disease, based on a curriculum prepared from our successful efforts elsewhere in West Africa.
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