Why we need your help
Photo credit: Sacha Myers / Save the Children
Right now, the Ebola epidemic that has been raging in DRC is dangerously close to spreading out of control. Hundreds of children have already been killed and thousands of lives have been destroyed.
The deadly disease is rapidly spreading. This week, the World Health Organisation declared Ebola a public health emergency of international concern. And it’s children that are hardest hit. More than 700 children have now contracted the disease in DRC.
We must act now before any more children’s lives are lost.For the past year, we’ve been working in the DRC and Uganda to help prevent the spread of the outbreak. But in response to these first cases hitting Uganda, we’re scaling up our existing activities there to do whatever it takes to stop the virus from spiralling out of control.
Staff from our expert Emergency Health Unit are on the ground now supporting the response. We're:
building the capacity of existing health facilities on how to identify cases of the diseases and prevent transmission, training up community health workers on how to spot early warning signs and refer cases to health facilities, raising awareness among local communities and in schools of the risk, including symptoms, treatment and how to prevent infection.
We’re also continuing our lifesaving response in the DRC, supporting health facilities in North Kivu, constructing specialist Ebola screening areas, travelling door-to-door to raise awareness in communities, and tracing contacts of confirmed cases to make sure they access treatment centres in time.
By supporting our Emergency Fund, you can join the fight against Ebola. You can provide a lifeline to children caught up in this relentless crisis and emergencies around the world.
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