Contribution to the Federation's Emergency Appeals for Liberia and Guinea in Response to the Ebola Virus Disease
The overall goal of the IFRC’s intervention in Guinea and Liberia is to contribute to the reduction of mortality and morbidity related to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) there.
In Guinea, the IFRC has appealed for a total of some CHF 8.93m to delivering assistance and support to some 11.1m people, in Liberia, the IFRC has appealed for a total of CHF 8.5m to support to some 4.5m people.
In both countries, the intervention aims to reach the following results:
1) Community-based disease prevention and health promotion is provided to the targeted population, including:
a) Training 2,000 volunteers per country in EVD signs, symptoms, prevention measures and referral.
b) Procuring 5.400 PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Kits and train volunteers on their use.
c) Produce and disseminate 100.000 pieces of information material, incl. leaflets and posters.
d) Organize drama performance and role plays at markets and other public gatherings to attract mass attention to pass the key messages
2) Contribution to epidemiological investigation and epidemic control measures are carried out, including:
a) Establish Community Emergency Response Teams in affected communities.
b) Train 300 volunteers and 50 supervisors in case finding and contact tracing.
c) Deploy 100 volunteers each to organize the search for suspected cases in the community and for disinfection of high-risk areas, secure burial of dead bodies and secure waste disposal
d) Accompany and support individuals discharged from isolation back to their communities to assist in re-entry and re-assure community
3) Psychosocial and economical support to the affected population, including:
Cash support to individuals or families who have lost belongings due to
disinfection and epidemic control measures – 64 CHF per family for up to 300 families with positive cases.
4) The National Red Cross Societies are prepared countrywide to respond to this and future epidemics in a coordinated manner.