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Help Oxfam Stop the Spread of Ebola in West Africa

Posted: 23rd October 2014

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Ebola is devastating communities in West Africa. It has already killed almost half of the people it has infected. We are stepping up our response to the disease to try to slow down the spread of infection

The Ebola outbreak started in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia and cases have spread to Nigeria and Senegal. More than 9,000 people have been infected with Ebola and almost 4,500 have already died.

Oxfam’s response to the Ebola crisis across the West Africa region is being led a Scot, David MacDonald.

David said: “The need to break the spread of Ebola is absolutely key. Right now infection rates are accelerating and we have no option but to rapidly increase our work. We work on prevention to stop the disease spreading. Oxfam has already helped over half a million people, but with your help we can reach many more.”

Our response

We are supplying water, hygiene equipment and sanitation to treatment and community care centres and boosting mass publication about the disease. We are also giving personal protective clothing to front line community health workers.

We are working in six districts in Sierra Leone and stepping up our prevention programs in Liberia, Senegal and Guinea Bissau. We have started a radio program advising people how to avoid catching Ebola and on what to do if it spreads in their community.


How you can help

We are appealing to Scottish companies support Oxfam’s Ebola Crisis. We need to treble the size of our programme and help 2.5 million people at risk of catching the disease. Your company could make a massive difference.

Please contact Kathryn Porteous for more information on how you and your company could make a massive difference to this crisis.

0141 285 8866

Water Tanks Donated by OxfamImage: Water tanks donated to Sierra Leone by Oxfam

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