I am in a whatsapp group with all of my Sierra Leonean counterparts from my volunteer trip to their country. Yesterday, this message was posted by Dora, who is from Makeni, Sierra Leone:
Seeing this message makes you remember how this outbreak is affecting those at the heart of it. Forget border checks, this is where we need to focus our efforts.
Please donate whatever you can so that MSF can continue fighting this on the front line.
As many of you are aware, I recently spent two months in Sierra Leone volunteering with VSO. In the first week of my arrival in May, the first confirmed case of Ebola in the country was announced. Unfortunately, I left the country after two months due to Ebola spreading to the district where I was living.
Whilst I was there much of my work was focussed on the dissemination of information about the signs and symptoms of Ebola, hoping to help stem the spread of the disease. Unfortunately, there is now 1100 confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone and nearly 4000 in West Africa as a whole. The death toll stands at around 2000 and shows little sign of slowing.
Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) was an ever present sight in Sierra Leone and with nearly 2000 staff in West Africa, MSF is doing incredible amounts to help with control and treat what is the largest Ebola epidemic ever.
If you can donate, any amount of money will go to helping those in Sierra Leone, West Africa and all those MSF treat around the world.