Five Ways UNICEF Is Fighting Ebola
UNICEF is on the ground responding to the crisis with crucial supplies and lifesaving awareness training.
1. Delivering supplies
UNICEF emergency supplies are unloaded off a cargo plane at the airport in Monrovia, Liberia. © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1301/Jallanzo
UNICEF is airlifting essential medical and hygiene supplies on a massive scale to affected countries. About 1,300 tons of supplies are due to arrive by the first week of October. Read about what goes into making these deliveries happen.
2. Helping families protect themselves
A UNICEF worker carries a basin of water past the soapy hands of children in Conakry, Guinea. © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1522/La Rose
UNICEF is packing and shipping 50,000 "household protection kits" to the region over the next few weeks. Each kit contains gloves, gowns, masks, soap, chlorine and buckets.
3. Preparing at-risk countries
Joseph Kamara, a pharmacist at Kenema Government Hospital, holds a poster about Ebola in Kenema, Sierra Leone. © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1058/Dunlop
UNICEF is also working with governments in at-risk countries to prepare them for possible Ebola outbreaks by sharing information and developing contingency plans and stockpiles of supplies. Learn more about the work being done to raise awareness about Ebola.
4. Sending in extra staff
A worker cleans a UNICEF tent at a treatment center outside Monrovia, Liberia. © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1257/Jallanzo
Building on UNICEF's presence in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, we are bringing in 67 additional staff members to these three most-affected countries. We’re seeking committed professionals to join our Ebola emergency response team in West Africa.
5. Raising funds to help kids like Vandy
Vandy Jawad, 7, is an Ebola survivor. He was treated at the UNICEF-supported Kenema Government Hospital, Sierra Leone. © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1063/Dunlop
UNICEF estimates that 2.5 million young children live in affected areas. With prompt, effective treatment, children like Vandy, who was treated at a UNICEF-supported hospital, can survive.