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ALIMA and Its Partners Take Action Against Ebola

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The Ebola outbreak and its expansion in West Africa have reached an unprecedented scale as its grows exponentially to a wider geographic area.

The first case was confirmed in early March in Guinea, with the disease then spreading to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a “public health emergency of international concern” in early August, estimating that the epidemic could cause more than 20,000 new cases and last from six to nine months. However, this projection is potentially underestimated.

The Ebola epidemic has a threefold impact: high mortality, a dangerous lack in access to care (indirect mortality), and an intense culture of fear.

“ALIMA and the regional platform for medical NGOs have a role to play in responding to the Ebola epidemic,” said Thierry Allafort-Duverger, president of ALIMA. “ALIMA and its partners’ capacities are limited so far. Countries with capacities and skilled resources, NGOs,…

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