The outbreak of the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone and Liberia did not just infect and kill thousands of people. It brought these West Africa countries to a standstill. Entire communities were quarantined. Borders were sealed off. Markets closed. People were confined to their homes.
CARE Liberia restarted operations in September 2008 after a hiatus of about 25 years. It has since opened offices in Monrovia and Gbarnga, Bong County, and launched a food and income security program in February 2009. Its ultimate goal is consolidated peace through a more productive, fair, and cohesive society, as well as ensured food security and quality of life for vulnerable women and youth.
As operations re-establish, CARE Liberia is focusing on food and income security, with complementary projects in women’s economic empowerment, access to water and sanitation, and urban and conservation agriculture.
CARE Pres. and CEO, Dr. Helene Gayle, discusses the dangerous economic fallout from West Africa's Ebola outbreak.
CARE staff warns the outbreak will have a lasting negative impact on vulnerable communities
Medical teams in west Africa treated patients infected with Ebola as they tried to prevent the disease from spreading.
In Washington, D.C., Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control, told lawmakers the CDC is on its highest alert level.