BENEFITING: American Red Cross
Ebola is a deadly disease caused by infection with a strain of Ebola virus. The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. Sierra Leone is among the countries hardest hit by this fatal virus. On September 20th, 2014, Sierra Leone started a three-day nationwide lockdown Friday in an effort to halt an Ebola outbreak that has left thousands dead in the region, but with no success. According to a report by the Africa Governance Initiative (AGI), Ebola in Sierra Leone is spreading nine times faster than it did two months ago. The death toll now in Sierra Leone lies at 1,510, along with 4,760 infected. A British-run facility, running entirely on donations, to treat people with Ebola is currently opening in Sierra Leone. According to the AGI and the latest official figures, the infected count is on the rise and more beds and medical supplies will be neded to treat these patients. So please open your hearts to help the children and adults whose lives have been drastically altered due to this deadly plague and help work to eradicate the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone.