Ebola Crisis Appeal

A police officer washes her hands in an "ebola bucket" provided by CAFOD partner Caritas in Sierra Leone. Photo: Tommy Trenchard for Caritas

The deadliest outbreak of the Ebola virus in recorded history is gripping West Africa. CAFOD partners are working with affected communities.

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CAFOD has a long history of working in some of the worst  Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. It has been distressing to see the suffering and desperation caused by the Ebola virus, but we cannot let these images paralyse us with fear, instead we must reach out to the poorest and most vulnerable people in need of help."

Chris Bain, CAFOD Director

The worst affected countries are Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. The outbreak is rapidly spreading, and has killed nearly 5,000 people across the three countries. Unless it is brought under control, the virus threatens to infect thousands more people in the coming weeks, and spread more widely across the region.

On the ground

CAFOD partner Monsignor Robert Vitillio, has recently returned from Liberia:

"The health care infrastructure in Liberia has been weak for many years and the Ebola epidemic has brought it to its knees. Many hospitals and clinics are closed.  Some people die in the streets looking for medical treatment for the Ebola infection.

"There is still much fear and denial among people, and public awareness raising is our first line of defence."

Our work in the region

Our partners in Sierra Leone and Liberia are training priests, parish volunteers, imams, spiritualists and traditional healers to spread the word about hand washing, good hygiene and safe burial practices, as well as distributing hygiene kits.

We are part of the Disasters Emergency Committee, which has launched a joint Ebola crisis appeal.

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