Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development
The Battle Against Ebola: On the Front Lines of an Epidemic
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Read the latest fact sheet on the West Africa Ebola Outbreak - Updated 10/22/2014
United States Will Help Mobilize 100 Additional African Health Workers for the Ebola Outbreak
The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest and most-protracted ever recorded and it shows no signs of waning as the affected countries have been unable to control the outbreak on their own.
Since December 2013, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone have reported 9,900 suspected and confirmed cases. New cases continue to be recorded indicating that the outbreak – which has an overall fatality rate of 55%– has not been contained.
In response to the West Africa Ebola Outbreak, USAID has activated a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART). The DART, comprising team members in Monrovia, Liberia, and Conakry, Guinea, will coordinate planning, operations, logistics, administrative issues, and other critical areas of the interagency response. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will staff public health and medical response positions on the DART.
The United States is building a high-quality, 25-bed critical care hospital capable of treating EVD in Monrovia, staffed by licensed U.S. medical professionals for health care workers and international responders on the frontlines. The United States is working with the UN, EU, and other partners to ensure necessary medical evacuation is available when indicated for our international partners should they contract Ebola or for other essential medical reasons. We are also taking concrete action to expand our capacity; so far the United States and our partners have met every medical evacuation request from an international responder. For more information click here.
The spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone is also a reminder of the vast development needs that persist in some of the region's poorest countries despite rapid economic growth and investment. As a development agency, USAID is very concerned about the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa – and its potential for expansion – because of the health, economic, and social impacts this disease is having in the affected countries. We are guided by our Agency's mission statement - we partner to end extreme poverty and promote resilient democratic societies while advancing our security and prosperity – in our efforts to support countries’ efforts to build their resilience to this threat.
Last updated: October 24, 2014