On November 7, 2015 the Ebola Epidemic that swept through West Africa was officially declared over, with zero cases. Initially, the epidemic was considered over earlier this year in January. Unfortunately, cases continued to appear through unknown channels. The World Health Organization has pledged to continue its support of West Africa and toward the recovery of the region's infrastructure. This news has come to a relief to the WHO, the UN, the CDC, and all the citizens of the affected countries. It truly is a testament to these organizations and the governments of the Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone to come together and combat this deadly virus.
This epidemic has been called the worst Ebola outbreak in history, with a total of 11,314 deaths and 28,635 infected. The majority of the cases being in August of 2014 due to the lack of medical supplies and the urgency of the response. With the aid of organizations like the WHO the numbers of new infected patients began to drop rapidly. Citizens came from all over the globe to help aid in the fight against the epidemic, Hands for Africa raised a substantial amount of money to offer the citizens help and also donated an abundance of the essential supplies needed by the medical workers on ground zero.
It's easy to dismiss the Ebola Epidemic as just another issue that happens on that "lost continent" of Africa. With all its civil wars, sickness, disease, and famine; we forget that the men, women, and children involved are much like ourselves, with childhoods, memories, and families; not just a black face on the news. They laugh as we laugh, cry as we cry, and feel just as we feel. It seems as though many of us have become accustomed to seeing the pain and suffering on that lost continent and have become almost numb to it. The Ebola Epidemic was in no way a positive thing, but there is a silver lining. As a world we saw people from across the world come together, nations cooperate, and we were able to see first hand, just how much humanity still exist not only on the continent of Africa but in the world as a whole. And many people gave their lives for the sake of others. Over 500 healthcare workers from around the world died fighting the epidemic. These people are heroes in their own right and their sacrifices are not only brave, but also a beacon of hope. There is still hope for all those victims and survivors. Hope that Hands for Africa continue to stand for. Restore Hope.
Hands for Africa
Hands for Africa is a non-profit organization working to restore lost hope to those devastated by the civil war in Sierra Leone. We support amputee victims by developing and implementing self-reliance programs and providing the necessary aid for the advancement of these programs.