You can make a difference – help stop the spread of the Ebola virus

What is Ebola?

Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. The first EVD outbreaks occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, near tropical rainforests, but the most recent outbreak in west Africa has involved major urban as well as rural areas.

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates there could be as many as 1.4 million cases of Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone by late January. The disease, for which there is no approved vaccine, has already struck more than 7,400 people and killed more than 3,400 of them. In this current outbreak, about one out of every two people infected with the virus has died.

“The need to break the spread of Ebola is absolutely key. Right now, infection rates are accelerating and we have no option but to rapidly increase our work. Ebola is consuming whole communities. We are seeing them absolutely torn apart as a result of the disease.” – David MacDonald, the regional head for Oxfam.

What are Oxfam’s efforts?

Oxfam is planning to triple support for its prevention programs in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal, Gambia, and Guinea Bissau. It aims to help 2.5 million people at risk of catching the virus. Oxfam will increase its supplies of water and hygiene materials to Ebola treatments centres and community care centres while expanding its public information campaign. Along with water pipes and tanks for treatment and isolation units, Oxfam will continue to provide protective equipment including face masks, boots, gloves, chlorine, soap, hand sanitiser, mops and aprons to teams that treat patients and to others that bury the dead. Oxfam will also continue to distribute hygiene kits that include soap and bleach to people living in vulnerable areas and to build hand-washing pumps.

Supporting Oxfam

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

“To ramp up our response to meet the escalating crisis, we are depending on your support. Oxfam needs more than $16 million to help 2.5 million people at risk of contracting the disease. Donate to our International Crisis Fund and help Oxfam stop the spread of Ebola.” – Oxfam

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/help-oxfam-save-lives-in-emergencies/?utm_source=ebola1-blog

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