Help Stop Ebola Killing in Sierra Leone

Posted on Jul 11, 2014

Ebola patient

I have received an urgent email from Action Aid in London about the rapidly spreading deadly Ebola virus in West Africa. The epidemic started in Guinea and has spread to neighbouring states Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Once infected with Ebola there is no known cure. The only way to stop this emergency from worsening is by preventing people from becoming infected.

The email said:

” Patients quickly develop nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea; and liver and kidney functions start to shut down, often followed by haemorrhaging. It is spread by human contact and kills up to 90 per cent of those infected……Some people are not reporting their symptoms because they are uninformed, scared and feel stigmatised.

We’re on the ground in affected rural communities in Sierra Leone, where at least 77 people are confirmed to have died. In Kono and Bo districts, we’re at the frontline of the fight to control the outbreak: helping people understand what they can do to protect themselves and their families and what to do if they have symptoms through flyers, radio jingles and door-to-door visits. This morning, we began training community volunteers to help spread awareness and prevention messages even further.”

This is no remote story to me. We have funded schools in Kono and Bo, and I visited both regions last year. It seems very significant that education is key to preventing the spread of the Ebola virus and to increasing the survival chances of an infected person. The Millione Foundation exists to foster education. This terrible virus tragically reinforces just how important it is across all areas of life.

Action Aid are well established amongst communities in Sierra Leone and are actively working with the local population to contain the spread of Ebola. But they need to work faster. For that they need more funds. To make a life saving donation join me by going to http://www.actionaid.org.uk/.

A Millione thanks.

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