Prevent the Further Spread of Ebola

Fatmata and her daughter Tata, survivors of Ebola, received treatment at a UNICEF-supported hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone.

More than 3,500 Ebola cases in West Africa have been reported since March, and at least 2,200 people have died. The outbreak has affected children in many ways — some have died and others have been orphaned. Schools have closed. Fear is keeping children away from regular health services, including immunization. 

UNICEF is stepping up its efforts across West Africa—in Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone—to prevent further spread of the virus, using mobile messaging and communication campaigns to counter misinformation about how the virus is transmitted.

Since March, UNICEF and its partners have reached at least 5.5 million people, distributing essential supplies to health workers and affected communities.