With the Ebola outbreak in Uganda and a rising number of reported fatalities, we need rapid, collaborative action to support government efforts.
The Ebola virus spreads in the human population by human-to-human transmission through direct contact of broken skin and mucous membranes with blood or other body fluids (e.g., faeces and urine, vomit, semen and sweat) of those infected (WHO, 2014). As a result, handwashing with soap remains our first line of defense against the Ebola virus. Remember to regularly wash your hands with soap and clean water to protect yourselves and loved ones.
As we establish a new arm of NBCC to transparently coordinate swift action across sectors, we call on partners to join us.
One key action we can take to contain the spread of the virus is by providing handwashing facilities for in-home (e.g. SATO taps) and community use, equipped with water and soap. Shockingly, according to Unicef, "in the least developed countries, more than 6 in 10 people lack basic hand hygiene facilities at home" (2021).
Furthermore, we can procure and distribute Personal Protective Equipment and resources for cleaning and decontamination of surfaces.
In addition, we can design and deliver key behaviour change communication around how to protect yourselves from Ebola. Distributing EBV prevention materials through employer network organisations is a great way to get the word out.
Lastly, training healthcare workers and community volunteers on Ebola virus disease prevention is absolutely crucial to ensuring that communities are well equipped to protect themselves from Ebola virus disease.
If you think you can help us with any of the above, please get in touch: 📧 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collectively, we can help reduce the spread of Ebola Virus Disease to protect lives, livelihoods and healthcare systems in East Africa.