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What is MSF doing?

MSF is responding to the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. In parallel MSF is also responding to an outbreak in DRC.

- Ebola crisis update: October 23rd
MSF's Ebola response in West Africa
MSF's Ebola response in DRC

MSF’s West Africa Ebola response started in March 2014 and now counts activities in three countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

  • MSF currently employs 270 international and around 3,018 locally hired staff in the region.
  • The organisation operates six Ebola case management centres (CMCs), providing approximately 600 beds in isolation.
  • Since the beginning of the outbreak, MSF has admitted more than 4,900 patients, among whom around 3,200 were confirmed as having Ebola. Around 1,140 have survived.
  • More than 877 tonnes of supplies have been shipped to the affected countries since March.
  • The estimated budget for MSF’s activities on the West Africa Ebola outbreak until the end of 2014 is 46.2 million euros.

What is Ebola?

Ebola is a virus that can kill up to 90 percent of the people who catch it, causing terror among infected communities. Ebola can be caught from both humans and animals. It is not an air-borne disease. Human to human transmission occurs through close contact with bodily fluids of an Ebola-infected person. Patients need to be treated in isolation by staff wearing protective clothing. Supportive care can help the patient survive longer, and the extra time may just be what the patient’s own immune system needs to fight the virus.

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