2014's Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the largest to date, and the first outbreak ever in West Africa. The epidemic in the region began in Guinea and then spread to the neighbouring countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone. There were also outbreaks in Senegal, Nigeria, and Mali. Although Liberia has been declared Ebola-free as of 3 September 2015, Ebola has taken the lives of almost 5,000 people in the country.
Controlling Ebola and containing its spread is key to preventing new infections, and towards this end the Liberian National Red Cross Society delivers operations in the following areas: health and care, disaster management and risk reduction, food security and livelihoods, safe and dignified burials, and organisational development. As the country has been declared Ebola-free as of 3 September 2015, the focus has changed to long-term recovery activities that take into account the broader impacts of the Ebola outbreak.
The target for the project remains the entire population of Liberia across all 15 counties, as everyone is potentially at risk of contracting Ebola. In the recovery phase, specific focus will be on Ebola survivors, orphans and vulnerable children, affected families and communities.
Emergency food aid, Material relief assistance and services
Disaster Management Phase