The World Health Organisation has warned 20,000 people could die from West Africa’s current Ebola outbreak. In response the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is continuing to provide relief and protect threatened communities in Liberia.
“ADRA has already flown in more than $100,000 worth of protective equipment to support under-supplied hospitals,” said Beryl Hartmann, Humanitarian Program Coordinator for ADRA Australia.
“We’re now working with communities to establish 150 hand-washing stations, provide education to the community on preventative practices and supporting community groups to monitor and promote good health.”
In addition, ADRA is distributing survival kits to family members of those who have been killed by the disease.
“In many cases the belongings of Ebola victims, including bedding, food and sanitary supplies are destroyed, leaving family members with nothing,” said Ms Hartmann.
More than 1,500 deaths have already been recorded in what is the largest ever outbreak of the highly deadly disease.
The response will focus on two of the hardest hit regions of Liberia with the support of the Seventh-day Adventist health system in the country.
More than 53,000 people will benefit from the project. ADRA’s Ebola response is also active in Sierra Leone.
Donations to ADRA Australia’s Disaster Preparedness and Response Fund will support this and other ongoing relief efforts.
ADRA responds to numerous disasters across around the world. Responses to the Syrian refugee crisis and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines continue. ADRA also holds official agreements to the NSW, ACT and WA governments to provide emergency accommodation during emergencies here in Australia.
For more information about these or any of ADRA’s work overseas or here in Australia visit www.adra.org.au or call 1800 242 372