Article by Liam Carstens
Brother’s Brother Foundation and longtime partner Catholic Relief Services have come together to provide aid for the current outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Guinea, West Africa. Together, we are working to support health care facilities and workers with infection prevention and control strategies while also improving water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure and access.
Between 2014 and 2016, there was a widespread outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. BBF worked with in-country partners to send requested safety equipment and supplies while also supplying hygiene and washing resources to hospitals and clinics throughout Liberia and Sierra Leone. During that time, it was clear that those most vulnerable were healthcare workers.
Our current response will assist 21 health centers and 210 health workers, who serve approximately 43,730 people, in the regions that are most at risk of widespread Ebola transmission. This targeted work is directed towards health centers with inadequate sanitation facilities and communities near the recent outbreak. Per CRS, this work “will support public and private healthcare facilities to adopt immediate, life-saving infection prevention and control strategies to protect healthcare workers and patients in impacted zones, while also improving regional capacity in public and private healthcare facilities in neighboring areas at high risk of community transmission to prepare for and, therefore, reduce the transmission of Ebola.”
BBF remains committed to providing support to combat the widespread outbreak of Ebola and is currently in communication with partners in Sierra Leone and Liberia to monitor the situation.