The Ebola virus has immensely broken families, claimed 3,431 lives…
6 200 cases of Ebola, over 3000 lives claimed. An estimated 1 billion US Dollars needed over the course of 6 months to incarcerate the epidemic, but the African public remains mum.
Perhaps it is due to the ‘alarmist’ reporting of the rising death toll from media, perhaps it’s from comedic public figures making light of the situation (side eyes to Jim Carrey at the MTV Video Music Awards) but our silence in social media speaks volumes, but is this silence a factor that has translated into public figures and leaders in Africa dragging their feet to help combat the disease?
Looking at the global response so far since the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) release an international appeal for the epidemic, many countries have responded to the urgency with an overwhelming amount of resources. Countries like China offering dispatch mobile labs to assist in lab testing capacities for the Ebola Virus Disease, with 174 volunteers. Ireland funding 600 000 Euros and 42 tones of emergency supplies such as tents, water tanks and blankets, Canada’s and the United States of America’s long term assistance in Ebola affected regions with dispatching militants and social mobilization through health education as a form prevention has immensely assisted, among the frontiers of heroes that have been tackling this epidemic, the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Red Cross and other NGO’s.