Ebola in Waterloo

Like all our friends we have been carefully monitoring in the news and press the terrible situation caused by the spread of the Ebola virus. We have asked our friends in Sierra Leone how we can assist. One of the many difficulties is the fear of the unknown and lack of knowledge not just about Ebola itself but also about what can be done to prevent its spread.

As we have explained elsewhere on our website, here and here the situation in Waterloo is particularly serious as the local hospital and a number of other areas are in quarantine. We understand that there are 21 confirmed cases of the Ebola virus in Waterloo and six people have died. There are road blockades, public gatherings have been banned and the schools are closed. This in turn is causing serious economic problems as prices of every day commodities rocket up.

Our team is Waterloo has taken advice from the local health authorities about what they can do. They have spoken with Mr Jojua, a Community Health Officer at the Waterloo Government Health Centre. We have been asked if we can help by purchasing and distributing preventative materials and protective materials. A packet of gloves costs £5, a floor brush £5, large tap buckets cost £12.50, chlorine is £10.00 a gallon. Often equipment has to be burnt after use, especially if the wearer has come into contact with patients.

We have also been told that we can help by organising training and sensitivisation sessions to help explain what steps the local community can take to protect themselves. These have strated.

We have already made an emergency donation to enable Rosetta and her team to purchase protective equipment and begin the health education sessions, but we want to do more. We have therefore set up this special appeal for funds to help us provide further help to the community of Waterloo in this difficult time. Any donation would be gratefully received. We will provide regular updates on the situation in Waterloo and how we are able to use the funds that are donated to us.

If you would like to donate, please go to our Just Giving Page

Thank you.

Everyone at CODEP in SL and the UK

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