2014's Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the largest to date, and the first ever outbreak in West Africa. The epidemic in the region began in Guinea and then spread to the neighbouring countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone. These three countries comprised the heart of the outbreak, having more than 11,000 deaths and over 28,000 cases between them. There were also smaller outbreaks in Senegal, Nigeria, and Mali. Benin, which shares a boarder with Nigeria, was at risk a high risk for the virus spreading into its lands because of its proximity to Nigeria. There is also is high mobility between the two countries on a regular basis, increasing the risk for spread of the virus.
The overall objective of this project was to prepare the Benin Red Cross Society for the event of an Ebola outbreak.
This project targets those living in the 14 municipalities bordering Nigeria, and people living in the cities of Porto Novo and Cotonou, which are a few kilometres from the Nigerian border.
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Reconstruction relief and rehabilitation
Disaster Management Phase