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UNICEF responds to Ebola in Liberia

With Ebola cases in Liberia spiralling upwards – now over 3,500 cases – UNICEF’s first shipment of new household protection kits landed in the Liberian capital on 25 September.

The shipment of 9,000 kits marks 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 will be given to families through Ebola care centres due to be established to 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.

Watch this video showing UNICEF Liberia providing clean water to Ebola-affected slum in Monrovia

"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."

 

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