Ebola Response

 

International Medical Corps remains vigilant in our efforts to combat Ebola

International Medical Corps is working to help control the Ebola outbreak at its source and is one of a handful of international NGOs that is treating Ebola patients. International Medical Corps is providing not only treatment for Ebola patients but also training for local Ebola responders and helping bolster non-Ebola health care across the region. Our experts are on the ground in Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, and Sierra Leone.

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HBO's hit show VICE reports from an Ebola treatment center run by International Medical Corps in Sierra Leone.
International Medical Corps staff talk about the Ebola crisis and what it’s like to work in an Ebola Treatment Unit.

LATEST UPDATE


Since the first cases of Ebola were reported in West Africa, we have focused on reaching zero cases.

Liberia was declared Ebola-free on May 9 after 42 days of no new Ebola cases since the burial of the last confirmed case. International Medical Corps is encouraged by the announcement that Liberia is Ebola-free, however people in West Africa and the international community must remain vigilant.

Our Ebola response includes a broad range of services, including:

Rebuilding Health Care Infrastructure

International Medical Corps is working to strengthen local non-Ebola health care capacity, which will ensure our relief efforts help now and long into the future. We are supporting screening and referral units (SRUs) at hospitals and clinics, which require all staff, patients and visitors to be screened for Ebola prior to entering the facility. If someone is suspected of having Ebola, the SRU staff immediately isolate the patient and refer them to an Ebola treatment center.

Training

To expand the pool of health workers capable of managing and working in ETUs across the region, International Medical Corps is providing high-quality training for local staff, other partners, and NGOs. International Medical Corps developed a curriculum and a broad-based training strategy to meet critical staffing needs.

Mental Health

Our team plays a key role in providing psychosocial support, counselling, and care to admitted EVD patients and their families at our Ebola treatment units. In addition, our psychosocial experts are reaching out to local communities to discuss Ebola myths and the importance of seeking medical attention if ill. From making follow‐up calls and visits to discharged patients and bereaved families, our psychosocial team is a key component of our response efforts.

Treatment

International Medical Corps is operating five Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) in West Africa—two in Liberia and three in Sierra Leone. Our staff and volunteer doctors and nurses are hyper vigilant about safety and none have been infected. Most of the staff—about 90%—are local health care workers trained in Ebola treatment and prevention.

 

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