2014 West Africa Ebola Crisis Response Archive

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The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the largest and longest Ebola outbreak in history. This Ebola outbreak has killed more people than all other Ebola outbreaks combined.

The majority of cases are in three countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Latest World Health Organization (WHO) reports show over 25,000 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of EVD have been reported, with over 10,000 reported deaths (outcomes for many cases are unknown) (as of Mar. 19, 2015).

The humanitarian crisis goes beyond those who are sick. Ripple effects from the outbreak have put strains on food security, the economy and care for patients suffering from other conditions, such as malaria and malnutrition.  

InterAction members are responding to the unprecedented outbreak by providing clinical care, logistical support and effective community outreach, with a focus on educating the communities about the Ebola virus. Below is a list of InterAction members who are responding to the crisis.

Read InterAction's guidelines on how best to help, and get advice from the Center for International Disaster Information on appropriate assistance.


Please Note: This an archived Crisis List and includes submissions from InterAction members responding during the active crisis. New submissions to this Crisis List are no longer being taken. For additional information about InterAction Crisis Responses please contact ia@interaction.org. Members of the press should direct questions to communications@interaction.org.

Action Against Hunger USA

Action Against Hunger | ACF International (ACF) is working in prevention, response and control of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia. We will soon engage in expanded water,...

Adventist Development and Relief Agency International

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International and its partners are responding to the Ebola crisis in Liberia and Sierra Leone. In both countries ADRA’s response...

American Jewish World Service

Through the AJWS Emergency Response Fund, we are supporting 10 Liberian organizations that are helping to replace panic with trust, contain the outbreak and save lives. These...

American Red Cross International Services

As the deadliest outbreak of Ebola in recorded history continues to devastate Western Africa, the American Red Cross is supporting the ongoing relief efforts of the global Red...

American Refugee Committee

This Ebola outbreak, the largest in history, has taken a devastating toll on families and communities in West Africa. The US government is responding by rapidly constructing Ebola...

AmeriCares

AmeriCares is providing medicines, medical supplies and safety equipment for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The emergency response and global health organization continues to...

Brother’s Brother Foundation

In August 2014, four Brother’s Brother Foundation medical containers arrived in Sierra Leone and Liberia and are now in the process of being distributed.  These shipments...

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

Parterning with the Healey International Relief Foundation (HIRF) and Caritas Freetown, the Tzu Chi Foundation to provides relief to the most devastated of the three Ebola-...

CARE

CARE is working throughout Sierra Leone and Liberia to provide social mobilization activities, with a special focus on hygiene promotion to help prevent the spread of Ebola. CARE...

Catholic Relief Services

CRS has been collaborating with the Catholic Church, local leaders, and the Ministries of Health in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone on large public awareness campaigns to educate...

ChildFund International

ChildFund has been operational in Liberia since 2003, Sierra Leone since 1985, and Guinea since 2005. These three countries have been most affected by the Ebola outbreak....

CONCERN Worldwide U.S., Inc.

Concern Worldwide has mounted a multi-pronged response in Liberia and Sierra Leone.  In both rural and urban program areas, we are working with the ministries of health...

Direct Relief

In response to the world’s deadliest Ebola outbreak, Direct Relief has airlifted 10 emergency shipments of personal protective equipment and other needed medical supplies valued...

Doctors of the World-USA

Doctors of the World is working on the ground in Liberia and Sierra Leone to prevent Ebola transmission and protect local communities. It's also readying teams in Guinea in over...

Episcopal Relief & Development

Episcopal Relief & Development is working with the Anglican Diocese of Bo in Sierra Leone and the Episcopal Church of Liberia, supporting awareness-raising efforts and...

Feed The Children

Feed the Children is very concerned about the effect the alarming spread of Ebola is having on women and children. Up to 75% of those killed by Ebola are women, many of whom are...

Global Communities

Since March, the Global Communities team in Liberia has been delivering outreach messages on preventative hygiene practices to an at-risk population of 366,000 people, placing an...

Global Links

Protect Ebola Healthcare Workers in Sierra LeoneGlobal Links is keeping healthcare workers in Ebola-stricken areas of Sierra Leone, Africa protected from the disease by providing...

GlobalGiving

This fund will ensure that aid organizations on the ground in West Africa have the resources they need to stop the outbreak. Funds will be used for medical supplies to care for...

Good360

Good360 is helping aid workers on the ground in Liberia and Western Africa provide relief for Ebola victims and help fight the spread of the virus.Good360 is calling on the...

Handicap International

Handicap International’s teams in Sierra Leone and Liberia have used their maternal and child health projects to help disseminate Ebola prevention messages. In Sierra Leone,...

Heart to Heart International

Heart to Heart International is on the ground in Liberia to fight the spread of Ebola.  Heart to Heart International is opening a 50-bed Ebola Treatment Unit in Nimba County...

IMA World Health

IMA World Health is providing management support to the Christian Health Association of Liberia’s (CHAL) on-the-ground response to the Ebola epidemic.CHAL is working in...

International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps is on the ground in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. In Liberia, International Medical Corps is running a 70-bed treatment facility in Bong County....

International Rescue Committee

The IRC has worked in both Sierra Leone and Liberia for many years and is using our well-established ties to local communities in both countries to combat the spread of the Ebola...

IntraHealth International, Inc.

Since March, Ebola virus has killed over 5,600 people, including 340 health workers. On the front lines in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali, and other countries, health workers...

Jhpiego

Jhpiego is providing critical, lifesaving assistance to the governments of Liberia, Guinea, and Nigeria by updating infection prevention skills of health workers who deliver care...

Management Sciences for Health

MSH is mobilizing its expertise and resources at the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia to help the Ministry of Health develop community care centers for Ebola separate...

MedShare International

MedShare is raising funds to send containers of healthcare products to hospitals and clinics in West Africa. These containers include specific protective garments and medical...

Operation USA

Operation USA helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid throughout...

Oxfam America

Oxfam is joining forces with government health authorities to provide gloves, masks, overalls, boots, goggles, and other gear to teams carrying out vital public health work. And...

PCI

PCI has been on the ground fighting the Ebola epidemic in Liberia since the outbreak began in March, raising public awareness, training health care workers and providing...

Plan International USA

Plan has been responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa since the first cases were confirmed in Guinea in March. While our efforts have been primarily focused on...

Planet Aid

Planet Aid together with its in-country partner ADPP Guinea-Bissau are launching an Ebola preparedness and sensitization initiative in Guinea-Bissau to prepare the population for...

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Hunger Program

The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) and Presbyterian Hunger Program is working with local partners in Liberia and Sierra Leone through the West Africa Initiative (WAI...

Project C.U.R.E.

Project C.U.R.E., in conjunction with its generous partners, is working round-the-clock to collect and package medical supplies to send to West Africa to address the Ebola...

Salvation Army World Service Office

The Salvation Army is supporting communities in West Africa who are fighting against the devastating outbreak of the Ebola virus disease. For example, The Salvation Army in...

Save the Children

To date, we have reached over 250,600 people directly through prevention and response efforts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Some highlights of our response in these...

Solidarity Center

Workers in West Africa are at high risk of contracting the deadly Ebola virus because many come in daily contact with the public in their jobs as health workers, market vendors or...

United Methodist Committee on Relief

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with partner organizations to respond to the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa and already has issued more $400,000...

US Fund for UNICEF

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s efforts to halt the spread of Ebola and to support communities affected by the virus.UNICEF is the focal agency for public education and...

World Food Program USA

The Ebola virus has now killed more than 11,000 individuals and nearly 27,000 cases across West Africa have been reported.In response, WFP is working with the affected...

World Renew

World Renew is responding in partnership with the Christian Health Association of Liberia (CHAL) and the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone (CCSL).In Liberia, CHAL is training...

World Vision

World Vision staff are working with government officials and other agencies to try to find ways to curb the deadly virus. World Vision is providing personal protective equipment,...

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Volunteering

In the aftermath of humanitarian crises, it is critical that the response of the international community is immediate and well-coordinated in order to save as many lives as possible.

  • Volunteers are asked to have previous disaster or international experience or technical skills (for example, medicine, communications, logistics, water/sanitation, engineering), and are usually from neighboring communities not affected by the disaster.
  • Well-intentioned foreigners, lacking technical skills, disaster experience and familiarity with the local culture and language can seriously complicate relief efforts.
  • Those with technical skills or international experience who would like to volunteer should register with the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) after reading this page.

InterAction Guidance on International Adoption

The media attention in Haiti after the earthquake on January 12, 2010, has also brought increased awareness to the plight of children who have become unaccompanied or orphaned as a result of the natural disaster. InterAction stresses that, in the aftermath of humanitarian crises, international adoption should not be the first response to helping protect and care for vulnerable children. For more information, read International Adoption and Haiti: After the Earthquake.