The Ebola situation
In September 8, 2014 WHO reported:
“..the number of new cases is increasing exponentially”...the Ebola outbreak has completely outstripped the government’s and partners’ capacity to respond”
The table below shows the exponential rate of cases in Liberia from March 2014 to October 2014.
Although national and international medical help have contributed in containing the disease, the main reason for the reduction of new cases is likely to be that people have taken preventive measures themselves.
Means of protection
In a situation where people were largely left to manage on their own, we considered information and protective kits to be some of the most efficient ways of containing Ebola. However, during the dark hours the identification and treatment of people could be a challenge, as well as to use the protective kits. Particularly challenging for those being quarantened due to risk of Ebola. Lights would therefore be invaluable.
Distribution of protective kits and solar lamps
CARD Europe received 8,000 solar lamps from Waka-Waka for distribution in Liberia. They had been donated to the cause of fighting Ebola in Liberia, and CARD Liberia and our local partners have distributed protective kits with information and solar lamps, first of all to vulnerable groups, such as quarantined homes, villages and centres. Lamps have also been distributed to hospitals and clinics that do not have power.
Contents of the protective kits:
Our main partners:
Europe: Waka Waka and NIDECO AS
Liberia: Liberian Gateway, CARD Liberia and ZOA Liberia. We also co-operated for a while with GIZ Endev, but unfortunately we had to terminate that co-operation.
Below are some photos from the distribution of lamps and protective kits in Liberia.