Ebola Continuing to Spread in West Africa With No End in Sight
CONAKRY - The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is showing no signs of abating. The government and humanitarian agencies are far from winning this battle against the deadly disease. Given that the affected countries are at the bottom of the human development index with already-fragile health systems, the virus is seriously crippling their capacities to respond effectively in containing the spread.
Plan works in all three countries currently affected by the Ebola outbreak – Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The organization is responding to the situation in all three countries, focusing primarily on two key areas: public health information dissemination and providing logistic and material support to government agencies and partner organizations.
Plan’s field staff have reported fear and anxiety among affected communities as deaths continue. Due to lack of credible and timely information, rumors are rife, making the battle against Ebola even more complicated.
According to Dr. Unni Krishnan, Plan International’s head of disaster preparedness and response, “Information has become central to containing the deadly spread of Ebola. Simple public health measures such as hand washing can contribute to stopping the infection and its spread. We must act fast now by ensuring that correct information reaches communities across affected countries.”
Note to Editors: Plan experts in Conakry and staff on the ground are available for media interviews.
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