Ebola spreads through bodily fluids of infected people, so one of the most at-risk groups in West Africa right now is health care workers. Many health workers insist on being provided with sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), and in places where equipment is not supplied, health care facilities are closing as employees don’t come to work. This means Ebola is making death more likely in other kinds of cases too because facilities and professionals aren’t available for people in need. Africare has long-standing health projects in Liberia’s Bong and Nimba Counties, and Africare/Liberia Country Director Ernest Gaie recently shared this message:
Back in Monrovia after a great experience in Bong. It is inspiring to note that our collective efforts are appreciated and making a significant impact. Health facilities in both Bong and Nimba remain open and providing much needed services to residents amidst the Ebola surge, the risk to health workers and the ever growing mistrust of residents in the health delivery system. At one of the facilities I visited yesterday, I arrived, and within five minutes a new life was safely ushered into the world by staff at our supported facility. I was filled with emotions. The thought that this child and mother’s lives could have been lost had that facility been closed and no skilled professional staff available. The PPEs and other supplies though limited continue to increase facility staff confidence.
Thanks to all of you for all you are doing and continue to do, just to let you know that your efforts are more than appreciated.