It is almost 6 months now since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the World Health Organization has declared an international health emergency as more than 2,100 people have died of the virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria this year. Early thiis month, the WHO projected as many as 20,000 people infected over three months in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.
Under Chalker Foundation’s Emergency Appeals, the Trustees have awarded http://www.msf.org.uk/ a one off grant to help in their response to Ebola crisis in West Africa. According to Liberia’s President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s letter to President Obama, MSF is the only charity that is involved in treatment and they have deployed 2,000 staff on the ground. The international charity manages more than 530 beds in five different Ebola care centres.
While accepting the grant, MSF sent the following e-mail to the Trustees on what the support would do; ‘The medical priority is to reduce and contain the chain of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia. The priority is to build Ebola treatment centres in affected areas, where the suspected and confirmed cases are taken in charge. In Sierra Leone, treatment centres have been built in Kailahun, 2 transit centers (Daru and Koindu, also in Kailahun district) set up and later on handed over to MoH and one transit in the MSF hospital in Gondama (GRC). A transit unit is also in place near the GRC hospital, in Bo. In Liberia, an Ebola treatment centre has been built in the capital, Monrovia (Elwa 3). MSF also provides technical support at Elwa 2 Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, run by the MoH/WHO, and at Kenema Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone.”
The Trustees have also contacted David Nabarro who is the UN Ambassador to Ebola crisis and coordinating international responses. Mike Whitlam CBE– Trustees chairman will be having conference call with David Nabarro on UN Ebola strategy and also how the Foundation could get involved in advocacy.