The Republic of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are currently grappling with the worst Ebola outbreak ever. To date, 17,145 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola have been reported in these three countries, resulting in 6,070 deaths.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first reported in March 2014, and has rapidly become the deadliest occurrence of the disease since its discovery in 1976. Plan International's response plan covers prevention, case management, psychological first aid, child protection and other life-saving measures.
Plan is responding to the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, targeting 2,538,071 people directly. The response focuses on specific areas where there are unmet needs. These include child protection, food assistance, water and sanitation, health social mobilisation, and enhanced behaviour change through awareness raising activities. We are coordinating efforts with international, national and local authorities.
In National Ebola Outbreak Response Plans, donor discussions and decisions and humanitarian responses, a number of issues must be prioritised to contain and prevent the outbreak from spreading further, provide life-saving services and to maintain the protection and education of children.