West Africa Ebola Virus

Note: The following appeal is now closed. You can support our ongoing work by donating to the Canadian Red Cross.

Through the generous support of Canadians, as well as corporate and government donations, over $18.9 million was raised to support this operation. Learn more about how donations helped the Canadian Red Cross support Ebola operations in West Africa.

Ebola Outbreak

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.

Red Cross Response
Beginning in 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 made a significant contribution to Ebola operations  with 56 aid worker deployments to  the frontline. Through generous contributions from the Canadian public, as well as governmental agencies, the CRC was 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.

End of outbreak  
In March 2016, the Ebola outbreak emergency was declared over, after more than two years of sustained effort. 
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.
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