Pardon the abruptness but we have an URGENT NEED in Liberia, West Africa. As many of you know we have been heavily involved in providing education, health care, housing, agricultural and many other humanitarian development programs in Liberia for the past 10 and a half years now. As we all pray for God’s intervention into EBOLA attack especially in West Africa, there are other practical things that we can do within our capacity urgently to help the folks out there fight this deadly virus. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a direct attack on the lives of the entire impoverished nation of Liberia and her neighbors and it has reached a critical status. Being a Liberian myself, this is very serious challenge that must be fought from all fronts and by everyone who can and not just a few. Wide spread fear and misinformation has caused wide spread panic. The disease has up to a 90 per cent death rate and there is no known cure. Ebola is spread by physical contact with an infected body or body fluids and is highly contagious. Customs of touching the dead, crowded transportation and general greetings of contact are fertile ground for the rapid spread of this disease. This outbreak is the most deadly strain of the Ebola virus family.
According to the World Health Organization, [The Ebola outbreak "is moving faster than our efforts to control it," Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, said in a statement Friday. "This is an unprecedented outbreak accompanied by unprecedented challenges. And these challenges are extraordinary."] To date there have been 725 confirmed deaths by Ebola and the number is growing every day.
Because many do not understand the disease they are taking matters into their own hands and amplifying the problem. Many clinics have been attacked and burned. Family members have stormed quarantined facilities and taken their sick loved ones away only to spread the disease more. Many have taken them to the witch doctors and other native religious leaders for cure.
Please take a few minutes to watch this special video message from our founder and Executive Director Eric Wowoh on the Ebola Virus Outbreak in West Africa
Schools are now closed, many border crossing are closed and many whole communities are being quarantined. People are become fearful of each other because they do not know who may have the disease. Husbands and wives are fearful of each other. Parents and children are fearful of each other. Church congregations do not shake hands or hug each other and are fearful to attend church. Local as well as international fear is mounting.
Because many medical staff both Liberian and American have contracted the disease many medical assistance organizations are pulling their staff and bringing them home. This leaves an even greater strain on the national medical staff and facilities which are already decimated by the demands of the outbreak. Supplies of necessary protective equipment are dwindling creating a greater crisis for the medical staff there.
We cannot do everything to help but we would like to help with these necessary items. We will be shipping a container to Monrovia Liberia in a few weeks. We are asking for donated:
- Gloves-latex, nitrile, industrial
- Clorox & Antibacterial Soap
- Gowns, Hand Sanitizer
- Surgical Masks
- Eye goggles
- Shoe covers
- Hair covers, caps
- Biohazard bags
- Respirator masks
- Plastic bins
- Sharps containers
- Plastic aprons
- Hazmat suits
- Sharp containers
- Chlorine tablets,
- cotton balls
- antimicrobial hand wash
- Disposable thermometers, disposable stethoscope, B.P cuffs,
- Environmental surface wipes
The medical gloves can only be used once and then must be disposed of so there needs to be an abundant supply. We need all of the items in bulk.
We are asking individuals, churches, medical facilities and businesses to help supply these necessary needs. We are ASKING you to help us by collecting these items and making arrangements to get them to us within the next three weeks or send donations so these items can be purchased. The cost to expedite the shipping of this container will be around $8000. We would greatly appreciate any help with the cost of shipping. All donations are tax deductible. Please write HELP FIGHT EBOLA OUT OF WEST AFRICA in the note section of the donation page (next page).
If you are writing a check, please write Fight Against Ebola in the Memo Section of the check and make it payable to: Change Agent Network and mail to: 208 Oakwood Drive, Lafayette, LA 70503.
Please contact me for information: Eric Wowoh at: 337-781-4208 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or you can also contact Gerald Heard at: Temple Baptist Church, 3501 N University Ave, Lafayette, La. 70507 cell phone is 337-781-7195
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