Five Ways UNICEF Is Fighting Ebola

September 18, 2014

UNICEF is on the ground responding to the crisis with crucial supplies and lifesaving awareness training.

1. Delivering supplies

© UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1301/JallanzoUNICEF 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 social mobilizer from AJCOM, a UNICEF NGO partner, carries a basin of water past the soapy hands of children in Conakry, Guinea. © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1522/La Rose

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 the symptoms of Ebola in Kenema, Sierra Leone. © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1058/DunlopJoseph 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 newly built UNICEF tent at an expanded Ebola treatment center on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1257/Jallanzo . 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. © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1063/DunlopVandy 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.

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