As of mid November there have been over 15 000 reported Ebola cases in eight affected countries since the outbreak began, with over 5000 reported deaths. Although the disease is being brought under control in Liberia and Guinea it still rages out of control in Sierra Leone.
By the time the outbreak is brought under control societies in West Africa will have been stretched to breaking point. This is dangerous, and there is no guarantee that it can be contained or cured once it reaches such a scale. Ebola needs to be stopped and stopped now.
What is needed? Ebola needs an effective response. It needs a response that takes effective measures against the virus in Africa. This means medical care, treatment centres, controls over movement, education, and economic and logistical support.
StopEbola.UK calls on the UK to immediately take decisive action, see the StopEbola.uk calls
Image credit: Women walk past a slogan painted on a wall reading “Stop Ebola” in Monrovia on August 31, 2014.
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