It isn't something we see every day, but this morning, on the AllAfrica.com news website, a plea is being issued, and it is one the world needs to hear. The AllAfrica Foundation is asking the world for help in their fight with the deadly Ebola virus.
The world responded when Haiti was devastated by an earthquake in 2010, and an estimated 160,000 people lost their lives. We responded in 2004 after an earthquake in the Indian Ocean and the resulting Tsunami killed 260,000 people. From typhoons to landslides across the world, people have stepped up to help.
Four West African countries are literally fighting for the lives of their people and their economies. The Ebola virus outbreak this time around is the worst Ebola epidemic the world has ever seen. Over 1,200 people have now died, and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the course of the disease is not going to be over for a long time yet.
Many African countries have only recently emerged from decades of civil war and political conflicts. Besides the hundreds of thousands of lives lost, many countries lost everything. Liberia is a good example of a country that has been working hard to reverse the affects of those disastrous times. The gains made in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria will be lost, leaving those countries devastated economically and without a strong health care infrastructure, unless we help.
Because of travel restrictions, quarantined villages, closing of borders and halting of air travel to and from the affected countries, people are now without food and clean water. Medical clinics are running out of supplies, and illnesses like malnutrition, malaria and other diseases are not being treated because of a lack of essential supplies of medicines.
The HEARTT Foundation was founded by a Liberian-American physician, with their home office in Shelton, Ct. While their mission is to educate and assist local healthcare providers in developing and/or improving the healthcare system and infrastructure of their countries, the current project of the HEARTT Foundation centers on Liberia.
Give a Glove has been added into HEARTT's Ebola BlockAID project. Any donations will be used to purchase life-saving medical supplies for the physicians and health care workers dedicating their time and lives to care for Ebola victims. HEARTT is working with Americares in getting needed aid to Liberia.
So please heed this desperate plea for help. Give a Glove - and Pass It On. The HEARTT Foundation will do the rest. To donate to this cause, go HERE.