Since August, the scale of the Ebola crisis has expanded dramatically. The most recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that over 8,000 people have now caught the virus, leading to more than 3,500 deaths.
The stigma attached to Ebola and the lack of beds at treatment centers mean that the real toll is thought to be as much as three times this number.
Experts predict that, in a worst-case scenario, as many as 1.4 million people could be infected with Ebola by the end of January 2015. Hard-hit countries in West Africa include Guinea and Sierra Leone. This post focuses on Liberia where the situation on the ground continues to deteriorate, posing an urgent need for containment.
The Center for High Impact Philanthropy provides a brief update on the Ebola crisis, criteria for selecting organizations to support, and specific opportunities for you to help in their blog, “Ebola Outbreak: How Can I Help? An Update & Focus on Liberia.”