Ebola Emergency Part 1

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Ebola: One Year Later

Though the headlines no longer clamor for the world’s attention, Ebola is still very much a part of people’s lives in West Africa a year after the outbreak was first reported in March 2014. ChildFund has been working to help care for children who have been affected by the disease. “Emergencies are not new to West Africa, but Ebola came as a very different crisis,” says Billy Abimbilla, ChildFund’s national director for Liberia and Sierra Leone. “We have only recently emerged from years of civil war, yet in many ways our experience with Ebola has been far worse.” Read more here.

Ebola Update: Sweetie Sweetie Goes Home … but More Children Still Wait

Sweetie

We are happy to report that Sweetie Sweetie completed her 21-day quarantine without contracting Ebola and has left ChildFund’s Observation and Interim Care Center in Port Loko, Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs has placed her in the care of the health worker who had watched over her in the Ebola Treatment Unit as she waited by her dying mother’s side. Read more here.

 

Helping Sweetie Sweetie

A recent New York Times article tells the story of a little girl who has suffered through an experience that no child should.

Four-year-old Sweetie Sweetie lost both her parents to Ebola. First she lost her father, and then she watched her mother die. And now she is in ChildFund’s care, spending her 21-day quarantine at one of our Interim Care Centers (ICCs) in Sierra Leone. Read more here.

 

Getting Rehydrated in Ebola’s Epicenter

ORS

One of the side effects of Ebola is extreme and widespread dehydration, which causes a majority of the deaths among infected people. However, a U.S.-based startup company named DripDrop is providing Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) to ChildFund’s programs in West Africa. The powder packets — also called DripDrop — contain a precise ratio of electrolytes and sugar, which when mixed with clean water replenish fluids lost through sweating, vomiting or diarrhea. Read more here.