On June 28, 52 days after Liberia was declared Ebola free, a 17-year-old boy's death was confirmed from the Virus near Monrovia. This has sparked immediate concern across the region as health officials’ rush to stop a resurgenceof the disease. Varying reports attest that the victim had anywhere from 100-200contacts before his diagnosis, two of which have already tested positive. It is unsure at this time how he contracted the disease as his family insists he had no contact with anyone from Sierra Leone or Guinea, nor had he travelled to the regions still reporting cases since falling ill. Possibilities include transmittance by infected meat, or by semen that can contain the virus for up to a year in victims.
As investigations continue, we remain hopeful that the prevention and awareness in place amongst communities will prevent another serious outbreak. Whatever happens, health professionals and disease scientists agree that it is likely that small flare-ups will continue to occur and that Ebola might well become a mainstay disease across the landscape. This makes our work to strengthen community resilience in all areas of utmost importance.
A nurse at a clinic near Monrovia reviews supplies donated by everyday gandhis. The threat of Ebola returned to the region last week.
Current and future everyday gandhis work in and around Monrovia and Voinjama includes keeping clinics and public restrooms supplied with sanitation and medical materials, ongoing awareness workshops about Ebola/disease prevention as well as other community health measures not limited to climate change, erosion, deforestation and healthy land management practices that will help reservoirs of disease from affecting human populations. Furthermore, our Mobile Peace Teams and Future Guardians of Peace will continue hosting mourning ceremonies and other regenerative activities for communities as they heal and re-connect after a most fatal epidemic. As always, we will do so through deep consultation with community leaders, local constituents-and in tandem with traditional practices that pay close attention to the needs of all forces-both seen and unseen- including the community of ancestors and Nature.
Our innovative work thus far has proven vital to the fight against Ebola and is important to the future health of communities across Liberia. Please consider a donation of any amount now and 100% will be put towards our efforts. Or share our organization with friends and family. The eg team sincerely thanks all those who bring support to our cause.
Jenna Hammerslag, Media Coordinator, everyday gandhis