As of September 23, 2014, there were over 3,400 Ebola cases in Liberia. World Renew is working with CHAL to train community health workers in the prevention of Ebola in 18 health facilities of three counties. This has motivated more people to visit the health centres. World Renew has also supplied CHAL with much-needed medical supplies including including antibacterial, antiviral and fever reduction drugs.
Staff from the Governance Commission have been trained on how to prevent the spread of Ebola. Protective equipment is also being provided to hospitals, health centres and clinics. This includes sprayers, masks, face shields, protective suits, gloves and protective boots.
In Sierra Leone, World Renew and its local partners are fighting a lack of understanding about the disease. They are working in Ebola “hot spots” where 2,000 cases have already been reported to educate communities with the key messages about how Ebola is spread, how to recognize the symptoms, what to do if one has the symptoms, how to prevent the transmission of Ebola, and the role of the whole community in dealing with Ebola.
These key messages are also being adapted into the local languages of the affected areas. Through Resonate Global Mission, pastors of the Christian Reformed Church of Sierra Leone are being trained using a manual prepared in partnership with the Timothy Leadership Training Institute that includes lessons in pastoral care specifically for communities affected by Ebola.
World Renew, together with CCSL and CES, are also providing hand washing basins, sanitizer, soap, and chlorine bleach to infected communities and training people how to prepare a cholorine mixture to disinfect homes and personal belongings. They have also set up Ebola Task Forces in communities to work on preventing the spread of the virus.