Here’s a new map of the distribution of Ebola cases in Liberia, from the national ministry of health via our friends at Last Mile Health. It shows three cases in Grand Gedeh County. Last Mile Health, which trains rural Liberians to be Frontline Health Workers who provide primary care in the most remote parts of country, tells us there are still no reports of cases in Konobo District, where our school is. Konobo is the eastern part of Grand Gedeh County, and is extensively served by Last Mile’s Frontline Health Workers.
The Dougbe River School has expanded its response to the crisis by paying for the installation of hand-washing stations in the 12 villages of Twarbo Region, in addition to the ones we installed earlier on our campus. We just received the good news that another of our key partners, Welthungerhilfe (aka German Agro Action), has pledged to take charge of supplies and repairs for those hand-washing stations. Hygiene is a crucial part of defending against Ebola, which spreads through contact with bodily fluids of an infected person or animal.
Additionally, Last Mile Health CEO Raj Panjabi is one of four doctors from Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital who have traveled to Liberia to ramp up the response to the outbreak. A Boston Herald article about those doctors is here.