August 28, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Chris Glass  443-547-0278/410-635-8743
Associate Director of Communications  chrisglass@imaworldhealth.org

 

IMA World Health and partners fight the spread of Ebola in Liberia

NEW WINDSOR, MD – In early August, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declared a state of emergency as the country grappled with the Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 1,300 people, primarily in the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria.

U.S. nonprofit IMA World Health has partnered with the Christian Health Association of Liberia (CHAL), a network of Christian health organizations in Liberia, to provide health worker training and essential supplies to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus.

“CHAL reported that an increasing number of health care workers have contracted Ebola in a health facility,” said IMA World Health CEO and President Rick Santos. “This has exacerbated the problem because workers fear they will contract the disease and are not coming to work. These areas of Liberia already are ill equipped to handle the outbreak, and residents deserve the best care possible.”

IMA is assisting CHAL’s on-the-ground response to the Ebola epidemic thanks to financial support from several of IMA’s member agencies including Lutheran World Relief, American Baptist Churches USA, Week of Compassion, and Church of the Brethren. CHAL is working in close collaboration with the Liberia Ministry of Health to train health care professionals, community health volunteers, and religious and traditional leaders on the key facts about Ebola. CHAL is also engaged in the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers, along with the training on its proper use.

How to help

IMA is committed to continuing to respond to the Ebola outbreak through CHAL, and there is a great need of funds for the following areas:

  • Providing adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers.
  • Providing pay incentives to health workers to  decrease absences.
  • Give practical trainings on how to use the PPE and care for patients infected with the Ebola virus.

To give a gift visit www.imaworldhealth.org/ebola.

About IMA World Health

IMA World Health believes all people deserve to lead healthy and productive lives. Based in New Windsor, MD, IMA collaborates with local, national and international partners to join and leverage assets, resources, knowledge and voices. IMA believes the way to achieve sustainable development is to be in full and mutual partnership with local people, organizations and governments.