We work for local and international aid groups responding to Ebola in West Africa. We're operating clinics, delivering protective gear, running education campaigns and more. Ask us anything.
update 4:11pm: We're wrapping this up! Thank you so much, redditors, for all your thoughtful questions today! We hope we've provided some good answers over the last five hours or so. Some of us may pop in later on to respond to more questions.
If you'd like to make a donation to support the Ebola relief work of any of the organizations participating today, here are links to do that:
Your support is greatly appreciated. And once more for good measure: Unlike Ebola, zombies are not real.
Hi reddit, we’re a collection of staff from local and international aid organizations working to stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which according to yesterday's WHO situation report has resulted in 7,157 people being infected with the virus and 3,330 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. We’re here to answer your questions starting at 11 AM ET.
Here’s who we all are:
- Britt Lake (/u/GG_Britt), Alison Carlman (/u/GG_Alison), Will Frechette (/u/GG_Will) from GlobalGiving. We're providing resources, in the form of information, ideas and money, to support the work of 18 vetted, high-impact local and international NGOs responding to the Ebola outbreak, several of which are joining us today on to answer your questions. We've been disbursing money from crowdfunded donations and generous support from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to our partners to provide direct care for Ebola patients, fund shipments of protective gear for aid workers, combat misinformation around the outbreak and more.
- Sylvester Renner (/u/developafrica), Develop Africa. Sylvester's organization has been delivering much needed personal protective gear and hygiene supplies to communities in Sierra Leone, and supporting community awareness campaigns to dispel misinformation about the outbreak.
- Bisi Iderabdullah (/u/imanihouseinc), Imani House. Bisi's clinic in the Brewerville section of Monrovia, Liberia has been one of the only health care providers to 17,000 people in the area. After losing two of its staff to Ebola, Imani House is focusing its efforts on safeguarding staff and patients from the disease and educating the local community about how to stop transmission of the disease. Watch an interview with Bisi from last week.
- Emily Bell (/u/morethanme1), More Than Me. Before the outbreak, Emily's organization ran an academy for vulnerable girls in Monrovia. Since Ebola's arrival, they've shifted their focus toward coordinating community efforts and are providing housing for children orphaned by the disease and supporting local care and education efforts. Their work was featured in a TIME story published yesterday.
- Carolyn Yi and Mat Jacob (/u/Internews_MatCarolyn), Internews. Persistent misinformation and rumors about Ebola have been hampering efforts of aid organizations since the beginning of the outbreak, and Internews works to support local media outlets in West Africa, who can build trust and spread accurate information in ways international and government sources often can't. Their executive director wrote an oped this week in The Guardian about the value of local media in combating Ebola.
For information on the current status of the Ebola outbreak, visit the WHO's Global Alert and Response page.
And for redditors in the U.S. concerned about the recent announcement of the nation’s first Ebola diagnosis in Dallas this week, we’d like to share the White House’s tweet from yesterday morning.
We've submitted proof in advance to the very helpful mod team here at /r/IAmA and will be adding links to additional proof photos on Twitter as they're posted this morning.
Updated Twitter proof:
Now that all that's out of the way, ask us anything!