In March 2014, an Ebola outbreak in Guinea spread to neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone. Despite efforts to contain the deadly virus, the number of infections kept rising causing over 2,400 deaths in West Africa.
Liberia’s frail healthcare system lacked the capacity to face an epidemic of such magnitude and the movements of people made it difficult to halt the spread of the virus. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 156 people have died of Ebola in Liberia. The casualties include health workers.
In response to the outbreak, CERF allocated a US$614,535 rapid response grant in July 2014 to help humanitarian partners in Liberia address the consequences of the outbreak. With the funds, WHO and the UN’s Children Fund, UNCIEF, will provide emergency assistance including social mobilization, education and training of health providers, protective equipment and medical supplies.
In September 2014 CERF allocated an additional $1.3 million for the provision of humanitarian air services in Liberia.