Ebola is one of the world's deadliest viruses, with a fatality rate of up to 90%

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As there is no known cure, and no vaccine, the best way to contain the outbreak is to educate people to recognise the symptoms early, as the risk of transmission is far lower in the early stages of the virus.

 

Save the Children is increasingly concerned about the situation and is working in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Mali alongside their respective health ministries, both to train medical staff on preventive measures and supply medical equipment for hospitals. Key to our response is training community health workers to recognise the symptoms of the virus and refer potential sufferers to immediate medical care.

 

The Ebola virus can only be passed on by direct contact with bodily fluids of an affected person or animal (such as urine, sweat or blood); therefore simply raising awareness can stop an Ebola outbreak. This is why Save the Children’s work in Sierra Leone focuses on raising community awareness about the disease - so that people understand how the virus is transmitted, recognise the symptoms of those who are infected and are empowered to take action to prevent the spread. We know that by raising awareness of the symptoms of Ebola, we can both reduce the spread of this disease and better care for those suffering from it.

 

Case study 1: Francis Vandy Rogers, Community Health Worker in Sierra Leone

Francis Vandy Rogers is a wood worker by trade, who has been trained by Save the Children to become a Community Health Worker (CHW).

 

Every forenoon he goes to work carrying his essential tools: a tool box and a first aid kit. During the day people from his community visit him to get primary health treatment.

 

“Usually when they come for treatment I’d leave the woodwork, get my hands washed and attend to them - then I get back to work,” says Francis.

As part of our Ebola prevention work, Save the Children in Sierra Leone is training over 1,700 community health workers. Together they will cover all the chiefdoms in Kailahun and Pujehun, raising awareness of Ebola prevention and appropriate emergency response to suspected cases.

Francis says the training is vital and quotes a local saying, “Korglor yia laygor eh kpokowa” (translation: Information about an impending war can save the aged from being killed).

"I learnt a lot about the prevention of this disease, and I’m going to sensitize my community members seriously about it.

 

"First, we are going to ask the town chief to call all the people to a meeting so that we can have the opportunity to sensitize everybody. Then we will continue with one on one sensitization and in the event of a suspected case, we will immediately report to the health centre."

 

Case study 2: Lansana Fofanah, Community Health Worker in Sierra Leone

Lansana Fofanah is a farmer and a qualified Community Health Worker. Lansana usually reserves a daylight or two in a week to do his community health services.

 

Lansana has received training on Ebola virus prevention awareness and emergency preparedness to sensitize his society people and feels the training gives him the power to save the lives of his fellow society members.

 

“This training is very good and I consider it as an empowerment to save lives in our communities. Because prevention is the best solution to this Ebola disease. I have also learnt about the causes; its signs and symptoms when someone is infected. We should always refer the Ebola patient immediately to the PHU to avoid its transfer to another person in the community.

  

"I am going to call my community people to a meeting and I will explain to them the dangers of this disease. Because this Ebola does not have medicine and the only solution is prevention, we must abide by all the preventive regulations such as stop eating wild animals and even fruits that have been eaten by these animals. Through this we can prevent the Ebola in our communities.”

 

Actually,’’PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE.’’

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Hey Perpetual,

Very important topic you have picked. Ebola has been more frequently being seen and as you mentioned very deadly due to its 90% mortality rate. It's upsetting to hear that like some cancers, there isn't a cure or vaccine and education is the form of protection we have against it. I love how you gave case stores to convey your points because it gave the reader a connection to your topic on a more personal level. Perhaps in your next round, you could look into similar viruses or viruses that had no cure and how they over came it? Maybe there could be a solution that is related to another virus due to its similarity in the lack of a cure. Data and information from different viruses can help build more evidence and opportunities to save lives. Overall, a great research round loaded with lots of facts and interesting cases. I'm looking forward to reading what your next post is about and here are some links that could be helpful. 

https://www.the-scientist.com/...ebola--marburg-65302

https://www.iflscience.com/hea...e-more-afraid-ebola/

Hi Perpetual, 

Congratulations on another fantastic research round! You continue to bring into the light the different aspects of this serious topic, and I admire your in-depth posts. I loved how you began with general research information before going into the details of your post. It was a good transition for the readers. Nonetheless, I agree with Lauren: it is upsetting to hear that there are diseases that have no cure or vaccine for them. Education is indeed crucial in containing Ebola from another outbreak. As I mentioned in your last research round, I suggested that you may want to investigate the different contributions done by various organizations and countries that support the treatment for Ebola. You have done this exceptionally with the personal story examples you gave on the Save the Children organization. They were specific. I enjoyed how you capitalized that prevention is more important than a cure. It’s an intriguing take from your research. Maybe you can compare Ebola to similar diseases and how they compare. It’d be interesting to see their relationship. I’ve read how the Lassa virus is very similar to Ebola; however, it is a form more specific to monkeys. 

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Websites to use: 

https://www.mayoclinic.org/dis...eatment/drc-20356264  

https://www.livescience.com/48...a-early-markers.html 

https://www.kff.org/infographi...infectious-diseases/  

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Good luck, 

Alison 

Hey Perpertual...

What a nice research about ebola. Ebola is one of a killer disease in the world and where it kills millions of people as per statistics.Like in sierra leone many people with disabilities did not know about Ebola because the national public awareness campaign did not share information in formats they could understand. Hand cape International, present in Sierra Leone since 1996, stepped in to ensure people with different kinds of disabilities knew how to prevent the disease.  

Following the first official case of Ebola in Guinea in December 2013, the disease spread unchecked throughout the country and neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone. In Sierra Leone, where Handicap International has worked since 1996, very little was known about the disease or how it is transmitted—there had never been an Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa.

Here i got some links that may help you;

https://www.hi-us.org.

https://int.search.myway.com/search/GGmain.jhtml.

 

Hi Perpertula

This post was so interesting! Wow! I liked how you organised it ad how you included two studies that were done. I've never really thought of Ebola a real danger because it is not found in Canada. After reading your post, I feel more well informed and I now know how dangerous it can be. I liked how you included the fact that prevention is better than a cure, I found that very interesting. I was fascinated by your subject and looked to see if Ebola affects Canada. I found out that Canada actually works very hard to prevent Ebola, so that got me thinking about how Ebola is a virous that affects even the countries that aren't at risk. It affects the whole world! Here are the links I used:  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada...g-measures-1.2830569

https://www.canada.ca/en/publi...revention-ebola.html

Good job and I look forward to reading your future posts! 

-Jasmine

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