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Ebola

Liberia

UNICEF responds to Ebola in Liberia

 
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A large poster, among those being distributed by UNICEF, is affixed to a door in Liberia. The poster bears information and illustrations on the symptoms of Ebola and best practices to help prevent its spread.

With Ebola cases in Liberia spiralling upwards, UNICEF’s first shipment of new household protection kits landed continue to be disseminated.

The shipment of 9,000 kits marked the first in a series of airlifts that will see a planned total of 50,000 kits for distribution. Each kit contains protective gowns, gloves and masks, as well as soap, chlorine and a sprayer, along with instructions on the use and safe disposal of materials. UNICEF’s partners, in co-ordination with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and USAID, will distribute the initial 9,000 kits to the five counties with the highest rates of Ebola in the coming weeks.

The kits are given to families through Ebola care centres which allow family caregivers to look after Ebola sufferers as safely as possible away from their homes. They fill a critical gap left by the limited capacity of the country’s dedicated Ebola treatment units, which currently have only a fraction of the beds required.

"As we work to urgently get those who are infected into safe places for treatment, this airlift of protection kits will help ensure that Ebola care centres and communities have the information and tools they need to safely care for those who fall ill," said Tim Callaghan, USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team Leader. "We will continue to work alongside our international partners and the governments of the affected countries to coordinate a creative and global effort to stem this historic epidemic." Read more about Ebola protection kits

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