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Libyan Newswire

Canada’s Support to Humanitarian Organizations & International Response to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

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Backgrounder Article from  Public Health Agency of Canada

Today’s announcement of $20.9 million is supporting the work of ten humanitarian organizations to help meet the ongoing needs of people affected by the Ebola crisis in the West Africa region. Canada’s contribution is supporting the following:

  • Canadian Red Cross Society (CRCS) – $5 million to help fill the urgent medical staffing and emergency expert needs, primarily in emergency treatment centres, with the ultimate aim of saving lives and stopping the spread of Ebola. Canada’s contribution is supporting:
    • training approximately 120 delegates to address the urgent need for medical personnel and emergency experts for eventual deployment to Ebola-affected countries. This is helping to ensure personnel deployed to support Ebola Emergency Treatment Centres have the necessary knowledge to safely provide healthcare to patients affected by Ebola;
    • deploying up to 160 medical personnel and emergency experts to existing and new Emergency Treatment Centres; and,
    • establishing a CRCS Ebola Coordination Cell to mobilize personnel and manage their training, deployment, and post-deployment psychosocial and public health support.
  • French Red Cross Society (FRCS) – $5 million to support the operation of its Ebola Treatment Centres in Guinea. With Canada’s support, more Ebola-infected patients in Guinea will receive the treatment and care they need to survive. Canada will continue to work with its French partners to help French speaking healthcare workers reach patients in Guinea.
  • Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) – $2.5 million to support treatment efforts, including in community care locations and the training of medical and support staff in Guinea. Canada’s contribution is helping ensure adequate isolation and protection measures are in place to break the chain of transmission through the provision of Ebola Treatment Centres, medical equipment, medication and personal protective equipment. Canada’s support is also ensuring adequate medical (curative and palliative care) and psychological case management is provided to patients, the family and communities.
  • Samaritan’s Purse – $2.6 million to meet the urgent needs of those affected and prevent further outbreak of Ebola. With Canadas support, up to 500 Ebola-households are being provided with home-based care kits and up to 35,000 non-infected households are being provided with educational material, as well as infection prevention and control kits. These efforts are expected to help more than 200,000 individuals living in Liberia.
  • Action Contre la Faim (ACF) – $1.3 million to help scale up sensitization and training activities in communities in Sierra Leone and Guinea to help contain the Ebola virus disease. This includes: increasing the knowledge of health staff and community volunteers on adequate prevention and control measures; improving water and sanitation conditions; providing psychosocial support; strengthening medical and community staff capacity to effectively trace contact cases and daily follow-up; strengthening the technical capacity to help identify and manage Ebola cases; and, distributing hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection kits to community and health structures. It is expected that more than 1 million people in Sierra Leone and Guinea will benefit from these activities. 
  • Plan Canada – $1 million to help establish five Ebola Care Units to provide complementary care to more than 1,000 individuals with Ebola in Nimba and Montserrado counties in Liberia, as well as support six local civil society organizations to engage in targeted Ebola prevention and response interventions over a six month period reaching more than 450,000 people. Canada’s contribution is also supporting the training of health care and community workers and the procurement of personal protective equipment.
  • CANADEM – $1 million to support the deployment of up to 8 Canadian and non-Canadian experts for missions with United Nations agencies responding to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
  • OXFAM Québec – $1 million to help contribute to the containment and reduction of the spread of Ebola and to help increase access to treatment facilities for affected populations in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Canada’s support is: helping strengthen community sensitization through supporting district health management teams and providing Ebola educational material; providing personal protective equipment, technical expertise and the construction of sanitation facilities in isolation and treatment centres; as well as enhancing access to water and sanitation by providing hygiene and sanitation facilities, distributing disinfection kits, providing water-quality monitoring and implementing a community surveillance system. These activities are expected to reach more than 1.1 million individuals in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
  • Save the Children – $1 million to help implement an integrated multi-sectoral Ebola response in Guinea that will provide immediate assistance to vulnerable children and their families through: prevention activities; community mobilization; providing water and sanitation; health promotion messaging; contact tracing; and providing Ebola infection prevention and control kits, psychosocial support to Ebola survivors; as well as improved access to child protection services, including providing interim care to children whose parent are in treatment. With Canada’s support, these activities are expected to benefit more than 700,000 people in Guinea. 
  • CARE Canada – $500,000 to address the broader humanitarian implications due to the Ebola crisis. Canada’s contribution is improving access to clean water and enhance awareness of good hygiene practices in order to help contain the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. This includes the provision of hygiene kits to 13,000 households and personal protective items (such as gloves and masks) to 1,000 households, with an emphasis on caregivers of Ebola-affected people. These efforts are expected to assist up to 65,000 people in need.
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