22 August 2014

Liberia: Give a Glove - Pass It On

Photo: Tami Hultman/AllAfrica
Liberian schoolgirls in Ganta, on the border with Guinea, before Ebola crossed over.

Send Liberia Life-Saving Supplies

If you don't have time to read more, click here - and the HEARTT Foundation will make sure the glove money you donate will get to Liberia!

But - please - see why AllAfrica is making an unprecedented financial appeal.

Most of you are going about your normal lives, while three African countries - and potentially more - are collapsing from Ebola.

If you gave to Haiti earthquake relief or tsunami recovery or any other humanitarian cause: why would you not help the people of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, whose countries are experiencing similarly devastating catastrophes, without the international outpouring of concern and aid that victims of those natural disasters received.

Take Liberia, for example.

Ripped apart by decades of conflict that killed 250,000 people, displaced most of the population, and destroyed almost everything, Liberia was on the rough road to recovery. Despite a minimal national budget and the continuing cost of payment obligations for debts incurred by former dictators, Liberia was rebuilding schools, power plants and clinics and graduating doctors and nurses. [Liberia: Moving From Stabilization to Transformation]

Ebola is reversing those gains. Without a dramatic escalation of help, Liberia will continue to fall apart. It has fewer doctors per capita than any country affected by Ebola. And it has a stark shortage of life-saving supplies. The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare says that it needs everything for care giving, including nearly 200 thousand protective suits, 34 kilos of chlorine powder to make disinfectant - and over 500,000 gloves. And as the epidemic is expected to last for several more months, it will need much more.

Ships with urgently needed food and fuel are bypassing the Port of Monrovia. Airlines are cancelling flights, making it ever harder to bring in life-saving supplies. Medicines for deadly - but treatable - diseases like malaria are in short supply. Pregnant women and their babies are dying daily for lack of medical intervention.

The HEARTT Foundation, founded by a Liberian American physician, has been taking volunteer health professionals to Liberia to rebuild, care for patients and teach new doctors and nurses at John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia, the country's largest and most advanced medical facility. HEARTT now has ties to around 20 major U.S. university medical schools. AllAfrica reporters and editors have watched HEARTT's progress and performance.

Give a Glove is being incorporated into HEARTT's Ebola BlockAID campaign. The AllAfrica Foundation has complete faith that all Give a Glove donations to HEARTT will be used to purchase life-saving protective supplies - and HEARTT has the determination to do what it takes to get the supplies into Liberia, in collaboration with Americares, which has already sent containers of supplies to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

AllAfrica has an office in Monrovia. One of our colleagues has already lost her cousin, a nurse, to Ebola. Another has a young son who recently survived malaria, only because the family already had a supply of malaria medicine. They and their families are at risk - and their country is dying.

Give a Glove - and Pass It On. Send a financial contribution and the HEARTT Foundation will do the rest.

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