In response to the unprecedented outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, Muslim Aid has acted with its partners on the ground to help stop the spread and save lives. By providing over £18,000 in funds, Muslim Aid supported the supply of essential hygiene and medical equipment, including 30,000 pairs of vinyl gloves, 38,000 face masks, isolation shelter systems and essential medications. These items are essential in the effort to contain and fight the spread of the deadly virus, especially for health workers who are at an increased risk of contracting the disease.
This delivery of emergency aid, which took place in September, came after an assessment of the situation earlier on in the year. Since the rapid outbreak of the virus in March, there have been over 13,000 confirmed and suspected cases of the disease in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The number of deaths from Ebola stands just below 5,000, with health experts yet to license a vaccine to prevent its spread.
Muslim Aid is working with its partners to bolster the medical effort in West Africa, and will provide aid and expertise where needed.