Ebola Outbreak: Emergency Supplies Headed to Sierra Leone

In response to the world’s deadliest Ebola epidemic to date, Direct Relief is sending emergency shipments of urgently requested medicines and supplies to its partner Wellbody Alliance in Sierra Leone, and anticipates additional requests.

The shipment – valued at more than $337,000 wholesale – contains basic antibiotics and most importantly, personal protective equipment, such as exam and surgical gloves, disposable gowns, and masks to prevent the highly contagious disease from spreading to health workers – one of the greatest resources in containing the epidemic. Without these basic supplies, health providers are in danger of contracting the virus.

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Ebola is an extremely deadly virus with a case fatality rate of up to 90 percent. The death total for the current outbreak in West Africa has climbed to more than 500. Ebola does not have a cure, but chances of survival increase dramatically if adequate treatment is received early on.

Often mistaken for malaria, ebola symptoms include fever, vomiting and diarrhea. It sometimes results in severe internal and external bleeding, and many of the deaths are a result of shock or organ failure. Ebola is highly contagious through infected bodily fluids like sweat, blood, and saliva and remains infectious even after the victim has died.

Wellbody Alliance, a nonprofit that operates a 55-bed clinic in rural Kono District, Sierra Leone is reporting need for medications, supplies, and emergency staff.  In the last two weeks, the total number of Ebola cases in Sierra Leone has almost doubled and the number of confirmed deaths has nearly tripled, according to the World Health Organization.

Direct Relief is also in touch with partner Last Mile Health and the Ministry of Health in Liberia, where the outbreak is not yet as severe, as they develop a full assessment of needs. Earlier this spring, Direct Relief sent medical aid for Ebola to ELWA Hospital in Liberia.

Direct Relief thanks Ansell Healthcare, Basic Medical, Baxter International, Inc., Cera Products, Inc., Covidien, Kimberly-Clark, McKesson Medical Surgical, Inc., Merck, Mylan Laboratories, Inc., Prestige Brands, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Sempermed USA for supporting this response.

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10 Comments
  1. My close friend, has just received a Government contract for Africa, he is a Civil Engineer Builds Hospitals, I am worried and do not want him to go because of the Ebola Outbreak, I’M a Great Believer in why put your self in Harms way. would it be fair to say I’M Correct.

    Thank You,
    Nancy

    • Hi Nancy,
      The Virus, basically spreads through contact, body fluids. I think I’ll advice you to get your friend some real good protective gears – gloves, masks, … and advice him to wear only trousers(long pants) and long sleeve shirts all the time outside, wash his hands as often as possible (virus is killed by soap, bleach) and dry them (the dryness also kills it), and should never hesitate to leave the side of anyone he sees ill, or just coughing. He shd pay attention to cuts and bruises on his skin and cover them (as that’s a good route for virus entry).
      Just a little caution: if he likes bat meat and primates (monkeys group), he shd pls restrict on those as these animals are ‘suspected’ to store the virus.
      He’s going to build hospital, that is a good course! May God guide him…amen!

  2. COMMENT AND QUESTION:

    I to am worried about the Ebola Outbreak, I’m also a Great Believer in why put yourself in Harms way. I would appreciate any information about the state of the situation in Cameroon?

  3. My only question is Why Didn’t these Countries have the necessary equipment / pharmaceuticals needed in order to be in front of this ?

    Nancy – You are cool with your concerns -

    • Remember that they are not as wealthy as many countries in the world. They don’t have protective equipment because they can’t afford it.

  4. Hospitals are precisely what is needed to treat those with Ebola virus. The first outbreak had a high mortality rate but due to better understanding and treatment that has been cut to somewhere in the vicinity of 50%. With further study, better treatments and more sanitary conditions I have no doubt that rate can be cut much further. There a hundreds of things in Africa that could harm or kill a man. There has always been and will always be a risk travelling there but they so desperately need your close friend to go there and build hospitals. Keep him in your prayers and, God willing, he will do great things there.

  5. Hello Nancy,
    The increased population density worldwide and in the affected areas is of grave concern. The reports are that this epidemic is ‘out of control’ – which means that the virus is spreading unexpectedly and faster than western relief organizations can contain at this moment. It must be contained- hospitals and facilities must be built, and medications and protective gear must find their way to these locations – but there is no doubt that this is risky job.
    I admire firefighters, and they are necessary; not all of them return home safe.
    Susan Gurney, Mph, Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health

  6. We all need friends who help watch out for our interests. However we have ignored the concerns of our brothers and sisters in Africa for far too long. Your friend has a great opportunity before him! It will change his life forever and probably the lives of others. My wife and I spent a number of years in W. Africa and count it a privilege to have met and lived in connection with the people of W. Africa. Pray for your friend and go visit him. You will be amazed and find it difficult to return to leave the people you meet at the end of your visit

    Hope this helps ease your mind and encourages your friend.

    Michael

  7. That is the definition of bravery. Being afraid, but going anyway. It has to be done, someone has to do it, build hospitals, staff the hospitals, care for the sick, educate the masses or the virus will cover the earth.

  8. Selflessness is the mark of a highly worthy human being. This is why we call such people heroes. They are brave enough to march into Hell for a heavenly cause.

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