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  • The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is the worst in history. The CDC has estimated

  • that up to 1.4 million people in Sierra Leone and Liberia could end up with Ebola, unless

  • efforts to contain the disease are dramatically increased. So, what’s currently being done

  • about the epidemic in West Africa and is it going to be enough?

  • Well, were doing a lot - but possibly still not enough. Containing Ebola is a matter of building

  • up resources and disseminating information; two things that West Africa is currently struggling

  • with. But things are starting to move in the right direction. The US has committed an estimated

  • 3,000 troops to the area, including members of The Army Corps of Engineers, to help coordinate

  • the relief effort. It’s also reported that theyll be constructing 17 Ebola treatment

  • centers in Liberia with room for about 1,700 beds. They intend to train up to 500 health

  • workers a week to staff those facilities and others in West Africa. Theyre also going

  • to increase the number of health workers sent from the CDC, and to that end, theyre currently

  • looking for volunteers. So if youre a health worker and youre interested in join the

  • relief effort, here’s where you can apply.

  • In addition to all of that, the US is providing protection kits immediately targeting 400,000

  • of the most vulnerable households in Liberia, and they are sending tens of thousands of

  • Ebola testing kits. According to the White House press secretary, the US has already

  • spent $100 million dollars on the relief effort, which is a large amount - but still nowhere

  • near the 1 billion dollars that the UN thinks is necessary to fully contain the disease.

  • Fortunately, the US isn’t the only game in town and resources are starting to pour

  • in from other places, but they still aren’t close to where they need to be just yet.

  • There are also strong efforts in place to inform the West African public about the dangers

  • of Ebola and the best ways to protect against infection. But progress is slow. A lot of

  • the high risk populations are illiterate and don’t have access to television or radio,

  • so getting the information to them via mass communications isn't really a workable strategy.

  • That means developing grassroots campaigns and aggressive door-to-door strategies are

  • currently the best option; both of which have begun and have found some success. Sierra

  • Leone ran the largest operation of this kind. They put the entire country on lockdown for

  • 3 full days, and insisted that people stay in their homes so that aid workers could go

  • door to door with bars of soap and information about the disease. They reached more than

  • 75% of the 1.5 million households they were targeting.

  • Obviously, this is an ongoing issue, so if youre interested in learning more about

  • it - then please go check out our playlist on the subject. It includes our other two

  • videos on Ebola as well as some work by news sources that we consider reliable. And remember - we upload

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Should The US Do More To Fight Ebola?

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    Cheng-Hong Liu posted on 2014/11/14
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