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There is a daunting lack of international medical staff for the treatment of Ebola patients. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) (aka "Doctors without Borders”) are right at the frontline, of this, doing their best to help affected countries. Please contribute to the Emergency Relief Fund for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
Outbreaks such as Ebola create a unique set of public health challenges: the disease spreads quickly, the death toll is high, supplies of protective equipment (such as disposable rubber gloves) are scarce, the government is distrusted, local health care facilities have been abandoned, and the local health care system has collapsed. MSF desperately needs funds for its emergency relief funds to overcome these and other challenges.
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AJWS has currently made grants to seven organizations in Liberia--all of which are established, on-the-ground efforts responding to the immediate needs of their communities. These organizations are helping to replace panic with trust, contain the outbreak and save lives. Through door-to-door outreach and radio broadcasts in local languages, they’re reaching vulnerable communities with high rates of illiteracy, teaching them how to detect and prevent Ebola and distributing essential sanitation supplies. Grantees include:
Grassroots Agency for Social Services (GRASS) -- organizes workshops to educate and train Liberians in how to prevent the spread of the virus and dispel misinformation.
Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa -- reaches out to community-based organizations in the areas of Liberia most affected and most vulnerable to Ebola. This group offers strategies for how their communities can work together to prevent the virus, detect the virus early and provide proper medical attention.
Mano River Women Peace Network Liberia (MARWOPNET) -- uses its community radio program to raise public awareness to fight Ebola. Has joined with Liberia’s Ministry of Health communication team to develop and broadcast effective information on Ebola. Messages reach border communities between Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is a humanitarian fund established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2006 to enable more timely and reliable humanitarian assistance to those affected by natural disasters and armed conflicts.
Charities and donors are now replenishing CERF due to its Ebola response. CERF has been among the earliest sources of funding for the Ebola outbreak response, having allocated funds for life-saving activities already in April 2014. To date, more than $15 million has been allocated to humanitarian partners in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
Although CERF has already contributed significantly to Ebola outbreak response, donations via CERF are unearmarked and can not be earmarked for a specific emergency at the time of donation. This allows the Fund to support humanitarian response at an early stage of a crisis or at the time and in situations when humanitarian partners are struggling to attract sufficient resources.
To see CERF's response to Ebola outbreak as of October 3, click here.
The fund will enable individuals, corporations and civil society organizations to directly support UN entities engaged in the Ebola outbreak response in West Africa.
Contributions to the UN Foundation Ebola Response Fund will be channeled exclusively to UN entities. The Fund will initially direct donations principally to WHO, given its significant funding needs. Donations will support WHO in providing technical assistance to governments of Ebola-affected countries, through field coordinators, epidemiologists, infection prevention and control experts, data managers and logisticians. They will also be used to procure supplies, such as personal protective equipment and chlorine.