13 August 2014
Ebola outbreak has SOS Children's Villages on high alert
As the Ebola outbreak spreads, SOS Children's Villages programs in West Africa are on high alert and taking preventative measures to avoid infections. No children, mothers or staff members from SOS villages have been infected.
The current situation
In the countries affected by Ebola, there is an urgent need for funds to buy protective equipment.
“The government has been desperately requesting financial and material support from NGOs and INGOs, especially from those dealing with health,” said Emmanuel Olatungie, National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Sierra Leone.
“We do not have a budget for this unfortunate Ebola situation. We hope we will be able to receive the desperately needed funding to procure necessary medical materials and supplies to assist in our fight against Ebola and to continue to keep our children, mothers and co-workers safe.”
High alert and Preventative measures
SOS Children's Villages in Sierra Leone
, as well as associated SOS programs serving families in the communities, are on high alert, with stringent measures put in place to diminish the risk of infection. Included among these measures are:
- Constant use of chlorine, gloves and hand sanitizers within the SOS Villages and programs.
- Movement restrictions: children and youth from SOS Children’s Villages are being asked to remain in their villages over the summer. SOS mothers have sacrificed their annual vacations to remain in the SOS Villages and support the children and youth during this period of crisis.
- SOS Hermann Gmeiner Schools and SOS Children’s Villages Kindergartens are all closed for summer holidays and will remain closed until the situation is safe.
The SOS Medical Centre in Monrovia
, Liberia, is the only major health facility in Monrovia that is still working 24 hours a day. This has created a serious workload for the staff. However, critical cases are being referred to designated Ebola control centers.