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Ebola Kills Economy: YMCA of Sierra Leone Ebola Response

December 19th, 2014 by Digital Giants

Trained Peer Educators help to fight the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka’s partner YMCA in Sierra Leone is facing the worst-ever Ebola epidemic in history.

Since summer 2014, the Ebola virus has been spreading in West Africa (including Sierra Leone); this is the largest Ebola outbreak in history. As of Dec. 10th there have been 17,000 cases of the disease (probable, suspected and confirmed) across West Africa.

In August 2014, the YMCA in Sierra Leone began working with the Sierra Leone government and other non-government organizations to help stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. They have provided training and supplies for community health volunteers, distributed 275kg of chlorine for sanitation, 20 cases of soap and hand-washing stations for community hubs, organized community meetings and media campaigns to try to stop this disease.

A handwashing station run by the YMCA of Sierra Leone to prevent the spread of Ebola virus.

Many businesses and services have shut down due to the epidemic, including the YMCA’s social enterprise services: the YMCA hostel, café and fitness center. This means the YMCA has had very little income since August 2014, directing most resources toward the emergency response efforts.

The unexpected length of this epidemic means it is getting very difficult to keep the YMCA’s doors open.

How You Can Help the YMCA of Sierra Leone Fight Against Ebola

Donations can be made anytime through the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka.

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