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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, we’re 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 they’ll 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. They’re also going
to increase the number of health workers sent from the CDC, and to that end, they’re currently
looking for volunteers. So if you’re a health worker and you’re 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 you’re 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?

1659 Folder Collection
Cheng-Hong Liu published on November 15, 2014
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