Obama stated on Tuesday that up to 3000 US Military personnel will travel to West Africa to help combat the deadly Ebola virus. Health experts around the globe believe they have weeks not months to contain this virus. Dr. Jim Yong Kim stated that no one country or organization will be able to tackle the Ebola problem. China is sending more medical experts to Sierra Leone, which would increase the number of Chinese medical experts in Sierra Leone to 174. This is very helpful, because the biggest need with the Ebola crisis is medical staffing and funding. US is hoping to get congress to approve a $500 million dollar bill which would be just $100 million short of the projected amount needed to fully combat the Ebola virus.. Currently the stock market in the US and China have many eager investors investing in companies that could potentially develop the vaccine for Ebola, and this will further give additional incentives to the pharmaceutical industry. With all the efforts of countries around the world and organizations like Hands for Africa, WHO, and Doctors without Borders, ending the Ebola Epidemic is looking like a reality
Some of the questions being asked by many individuals that are assisting with the Ebola virus are “How do we prevent such an epidemic from occurring in the future?” And “what are the next steps?” A great article written by Mr. Kortor Kamara touches on some of the options for Sierra Leone’s medical industry. Here is a summary of that article: The medical industry should go private, because Privatization will motivate hospitals that want to gain a higher rate of return on their investment to provide state of the art equipment and better service. There will be competition for the consumer, and this will create a more adequate system. In this new system, the government will be responsible for monitoring and ensuring that the private firms are offering adequate services. The government managed Health System must be dismantled. The underemployed and unemployed must be provided insurance by the government. Private Insurance companies need to ensure that they implement effective methods of underwriting, in order to make sure that they lower risk. Mr. Kortor Kamara has answered the questions concerning “How do we prevent such an epidemic from occurring in the future?” And “What are the next steps?” While these plans are still in the works, let us remember that Sierra Leone needs our help today, as they are still continuing the fight with Ebola. There is a vast need for protective gear, medical supplies and medical facilities. Please help by donating at www.handsforafrica.org.
The Updated numbers on Ebola by Maureen Mackey of Yahoo News is below:
4,985: The number of reported cases of Ebola so far, according to U.N. officials in Geneva. Actual numbers could be far higher.
2,461: The number of reported deaths so far, says the same source. Half these victims died in the last three weeks.
20,000: The projected number of Ebola cases if the outbreak is not controlled, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
250,000: The projected number of cases by other groups.
$600 million: The smallest amount needed to control the epidemic in West Africa in the next six to nine months, per WHO.
$13 million: The amount France has sent so far to Guinea for two tons of medical equipment and the creation of medical centers.
$15.5 million: The amount France has sent to Senegal and Ivory Coast.
24: The number of doctors France has sent to Senegal and Ivory Coast.
$500 million: The amount the Obama administration is asking Congress to redirect from existing Defense Department funds to fight Ebola.
11: The number of chief executives of firms in the region that have joined the call for world leaders to help fight the disease.
$150,000: The amount donated by Exxon Mobil to the Liberian National Red Cross.
550: The number of tons of medical supplies sent to West Africa by Unicef in the past several weeks.
17: The number of treatment centers with 100 beds each the American military is planning to build in Liberia.
14: The number of counties in Liberia – out of 15 – that have reported confirmed cases so far.
1,000: The number of beds needed in Liberia in the next week alone to contain the disease, according to Liberian officials.
500: The number of health care workers to be trained each week once the U.S. military sets up the medical facilities.
2-21 days: Ebola's incubation period, or interval from infection to the onset of symptoms, though typically symptoms appear 8-10 days after exposure.
As high as 90 percent: The illness's fatality rate.
As long as 2 weeks: The amount of time it will take U.S. personnel to begin setting up the earliest treatment centers.
3 days: The amount of time some dead bodies are left in homes and neighborhoods in Liberia “before they are taken away by burial teams” that are vastly overwhelmed, reports The Times.
0: The number of licensed available vaccines for Ebola, though several are being tested.
1976: The year of the first human outbreaks.
4. WHO, The New York Times, National Journal, Government Executive, Reuters, CNN
By: Oneill Taylor
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.