BENEFITING: Save the Children
The Ebola virus disease is ravaging the populations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. The disease, for which there is no known cure, is spreading exponentially and could very well infect between 100,000 and 1,000,000 people before the end of 2014 if it is not curbed.
Because the virus is spread only through direct contact with an already infected and symptomatic person, the proper medical equipment (i.e. masks, gloves, aprons, respirators, etc.) is needed to protect health care workers who are caring for patients. Currently, the few containment centers active in the region are filled to capacity and overwhelmed, thereby obliging the sick to remain at home where their family members, who don't have the necessary protective equipment, must take care of them, infecting their caretakers and propagating the disease.
As such, the only way to effectively curb the disease is to have well-funded and well-staffed containment centers. Doctors Without Borders has been at the forefront of the epidemic since the first cases started appearing in Guinea at the Until the number of beds in these containment centers is sufficient to house the number of sick, the virus will continue to spread.