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04 February 2015

Integral Disaster Response Alert for the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

30th January 2015

In October 2014 fourteen [1] Integral Members joined together for an Integral Response for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. They have been responding directly, supporting local partners and providing funding for work in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and the DRC.

Integral Members are involved in a range of activities in the affected countries including, setting up Ebola treatment centres, sending ‘Rapid Response’ teams to evaluate reported cases, working in communities and with households providing sanitation kits and educating through a variety of public health communications. Additionally, they are providing supplies of medicines to ensure clinic can treat other diseases and working to strengthen existing healthcare infrastructure, as well as looking at the livelihood implications of the Ebola outbreak,

As well as Integral Members coordinating and supporting each other’s work, operational Members have worked closely with the Ministry of Health within affected countries and the World Health Organisation. The latest reports show a marked decrease in the number of new Ebola cases, giving a strong indication that the worst of the outbreak has passed.

Roger Sandberg,Director of Emergency Relief and Global Security with Integral Member Medical Teams International, says, “Although the Ebola outbreak cannot be declared over until there are no new reported cases, we are encouraged that the number of new cases continues to decrease each week.  Certainly, the approach and strategy that the government of Liberia and the international aid community is implementing seems to be working.  Medical Teams International is grateful for the coordinated response and the support that the Members of the Integral Alliance have contributed toward ending this horrible outbreak.”

However, even though the latest statistics are encouraging, yesterday the UN warned that the epidemic is not yet contained. Read more here.

Integral Member MAP International also specialises in the health sector and since the Ebola response began, they have provided +$16 million USD worth of PPEs, essential medicines and supplies through other Integral Members and their local partners. They have also focused on buttressing the healthcare infrastructure providing ongoing supplies of medicines to treat the non-Ebola patient load.

Mark Mosely, Vice President of Disaster Relief with MAP International says, "We consider the value-added contributions of Integral Alliance Members essential to maximizing MAP's provision of +$16 million USD worth of PPEs, essential medicines and supplies, only one of many contributions from Integral Members in a collective effort to serve those in need particularly in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. We are undoubtedly stronger together than apart."

Integral continues to facilitate regular conference calls for the on-going coordination of this crisis, and enables the sharing of photos, stories and funding and staffing needs through its dedicated DR website.

See here for the latest situation report from the World Health Organisation.

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[1]The Fourteen Members are: Food for the Hungry (USA), MAP International (USA), Mission Alliance (Norway), Medair (Switzerland), Medical Teams International (USA), SEL (France), Tearfund (Belgium), Tear Netherlands, Tearfund (UK), Transform Aid Australia, World Concern (USA), World Relief Canada, World Renew (USA & Canada), and World Relief (USA).