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Support the Children's Ebola Relief Fund
"Children can be particularly vulnerable to Ebola, and their condition can either improve or deteriorate very rapidly. Our teams provide high quality care 24 hours a day, and are making a real difference in increasing Ebola patients." - Oliver Behn, Save the Children
Help Save the Children Fight Ebola
Since we started responding to the Ebola crisis, we've reached more than 2 million children, with life-saving aid.
Save the Children is providing healthcare, protecting children and helping families rebuild their lives.
Lessons from Ebola for the world's health system. Read our report on how we can stop Ebola.
Over a year since the Ebola epidemic began, the outbreak has now killed more people than all previous known outbreaks of the virus combined. Across the three worst-affected countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, almost 25,000 people, including more than 3,600 children, have now been infected, and over 10,300 have died. At least 16,000 children have lost one or more of their parents to the disease, and many of these children now face being stigmatised by communities fearful of being infected.
Striking some of the weakest health systems in the world, this outbreak took hold in one of the most challenging contexts ever encountered by Save the Children. In order to deal with the crisis effectively, we had to build health infrastructure and information systems from scratch that would normally take years to develop. We have had to be extremely agile, constantly monitoring the situation and quickly revising strategies as conditions change.
We're working across all three of the most-affected countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — providing healthcare, protecting children and helping families rebuild their lives. In addition, we're communicating with and educating communities, as we believe that communication is the key to tackling this epidemic once and for all. To truly eradicate this virus, and prevent future epidemics, we need to ensure that people know how to recognise Ebola and what to do when they suspect a case. That's why educating communities is at the heart of every aspect of our response.
The crisis in West Africa is not over yet, and the affected countries face a long road to recovery. But slowly, communities are building their strength and resources to overcome the devastation they've experienced, and are looking to a brighter future. We'll be there for as long as it takes to help these communities recover. In the next six months, our response will be focused on recovery across all sectors in Sierra Leone and Liberia. As more schools re-open across the region, we'll support with supplies, training, and water, health, and sanitation kits. A major priority going forward is to work with the governement to increase school enrolment overall, a major challenge even before the outbreak.
Across the region the situation is improving, thanks to your ongoing support allowing us to continue working in these challenging conditions. We can, must, and will reach zero-Ebola transmissions. And when that happens, our work must continue to ensure systems are strengthened so future outbreaks are readily contained. Once again, we wish to sincerely thank you for your support - you are helping us reach thousands of vulnerable children and their families.
Save the Children would like to thank the Corporate Partners, Charitable Foundations, and individual donors who have come together to support our efforts to fight Ebola in West Africa. Together we have protected thousands of vulnerable children, and saved countless lives, but the fight is not over yet.
Last Update October, 2015