Helping Ebola Survivors

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Community members in Liberia practice how to make the chlorine solution for hand washing. 

Photo: Allen Zomonway

The Ebola crisis continues to grip West Africa. As of this writing, the virus has taken the lives of more than 6,000 people, with most cases developing in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is supporting the World Young Women’s Christian Association (World YWCA), which seeks to prevent further spread of the disease in Liberia and Sierra Leone, and reintegrate survivors into communities—mainly young women and girls who have been infected or affected by Ebola. 

Through this project, the World YWCA will identify survivors of Ebola and reintegrate hundreds of young women and girls from targeted communities most affected by the outbreak. Ebola survivors will be provided with humanitarian support, including food and home-based care, along with education about the virus to help reduce stigma. 

UMCOR funding support will also allow for the distribution of relief packages, consisting of both food supplies and hygiene kits, which will serve families for one full month. 

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