Unlike the conflicts in the Middle East, the West Africa Ebola epidemic could threaten the entire world if we don’t get a handle on this dangerous disease.
What makes matters worse, is that “despite the World Health Organization (WHO) declaration that the largest-recorded Ebola hemorrhagic fever epidemic is an ‘international health emergency,’ the global effort to stem the outbreak is dangerously inadequate.”
Humanitarian agencies are reaching their limits, West Africa governments are short on resources, and the Western world doesn’t seem to be overly concerned about the Ebola outbreak—unless it threatens their own soil. Here’s a brief breakdown of the situation according to MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres or Doctors Without Borders):
“The situation is catastrophic and is deteriorating on daily in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia. At one point last week, all five of the main hospitals in the city were closed. Some have since reopened but are barely functioning.” | Read More |
“Between five and ten new patients are being admitted each day to MSF’s [Doctors Without Borders] 80-bed Ebola treatment center in Kailahun, near the border with Guinea.” | Read More |
“The situation in Conakry remains fairly stable. In and around Guéckédou, the number of patients in the treatment center is still low, however the teams continue to identify new hot spots and are prepared to see more people coming from other communities.” | Read More |
As of August 14th…
Since the outbreak began in March of this year, Ebola has claimed 1,069 lives of 1,975 cases (as of August 14th) according to the World Health Organization. These numbers, of course, are only those reported and confirmed. The numbers could be notably higher, and if the Western world doesn’t start sending more aid to secure the situation, the number of lives lost and the chances for Ebola to spread behind Western Africa will become higher and higher.