West Africa Ebola Virus

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The first cases of the Ebola Virus Disease confirmed in Guinea in March 2014 were the start of the largest Ebola outbreak in history, both in terms of number of people affected and geographical spread. This resulted in one of the most challenging global public health disasters in recent times.
 
Since March 2014, National Red Cross Societies in affected countries -- Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea -- led the response alongside national health systems with support from many partner National Societies such as the Canadian Red Cross (CRC). This response included active surveillance, education and social mobilization, contact tracing, psychosocial support, safe and dignified burials and clinical management.
 
The Canadian Red Cross actively responded to the outbreak with 56 deployments to support the Ebola operations, making the CRC one of the top contributor of delegates within the Red Cross Movement. Through generous contributions from the Canadian public, as well as governmental agencies, the CRC has been able to provide important financial support to the International Federation of Red Cross in the region and the global coordination in Geneva.
 
 Along with human resources, the CRC assisted the Red Cross Movement in the deployment of material resources to establish one Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) in Sierra Leone and provided funds to cover costs associate to the operation of this ETC during its early stages.
 
The strategy as of July 2015, turned to coping with the size and scope of the outbreak and its changes. The priority is still to stop the epidemic, ensure the cases remain at zero and be prepared to efficiently intervene if Ebola resurfaces. As efforts focus on a coordinated response to epidemic control and preparedness, there is also an aim to assist recovery from the loss of livelihoods and other social and economic resources are needed.
 
The Canadian Red Cross will continue to support Red Cross National Societies and affected communities as they work to recover from this outbreak. Your donations, fundraising campaigns and initiatives make a world of difference to the impacted communities in West Africa.
 
Learn more about how donations helped the Canadian Red Cross support Ebola operations in West Africa.