Global health and relief groups fighting Ebola in West Africa

Médecins Sans Frontières, with support from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department, set up an 88-bed facility in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, one of the countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. MSF is one of the organizations fighting the disease on the ground. Photo by: Cyprien Fabre / ECHO / CC BY-ND

Six months into the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history, the three hardest-hit countries — Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea — continued to face enormous challenges in stopping transmission and providing care for all patients.

According to September reports from the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 6,600 cases of Ebola had been found, while the virus had already claimed the lives of at least 3,000 people. Unless the virus was efficiently contained and controlled, health experts predicted those numbers to double every three weeks.

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    Manola De Vos is an Engagement Lead for Devex’s Analytics team in Manila. She leads and designs customized research and analysis for some of the world’s most well-respected organizations, providing the solutions and data they need to grow their partner base, work more efficiently, and drive lasting results. Prior to joining Devex, Manola worked in conflict analysis and political affairs for the United Nations, International Crisis Group and the EU.
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