Concern Worldwide, a company limited by guarantee, Registered Company Number: 39647, Registered Revenue Number: CHY 5745,
Registered Charity Number: 20009090, Registered in Ireland,
Registered address is 52 – 55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2.
Phone: +353 1 417 7700
Responding to the Ebola outbreak
Responding to the Ebola outbreak
Epicentre of crisis
The number of people diagnosed with Ebola in Liberia skyrocketed from September 2014, making it the epicentre of the crisis in west Africa. Seven months later, following a 28 day period of no newly confirmed cases, Liberia was on the cusp of being declared Ebola free — but hopes have been dashed by the confirmation of a new case in the capital city of Monrovia this March.
Concern Worldwide has reaffirmed its commitment to the emergency response and continues to work towards the eradication of the disease in west Africa.
Our charity response
We’ve been working in Sierra Leone and Liberia for decades. Now, we’re drawing on our extensive experience there to educate people about how they can keep themselves safe from Ebola. We’re training healthcare workers, village leaders, traditional healers and birth attendants. We’re also providing clinics with critical supplies and assistance. In October 2014, Concern announced an additional €36 million programme to step up its fight against Ebola.
The safe disposal of dead bodies is critical to breaking the cycle of transmission with up to an estimated 80 percent of Ebola transmissions resulting from contact with dead bodies. In the western area of Sierra Leone, which includes the capital city of Freetown, we are managing a fleet of ten burial teams to ensure safe and dignified burials.
The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. The virus has a case fatality rate of up to 90%. Symptoms are non-specific and resemble those of malaria. To date, the Ebola outbreak has seen 3,685 identified cases in the largest ever recorded outbreak of the virus, with frontline health workers and those caring for the infected most at risk.
Misconceptions and myths around the virus are adding to the problem by preventing people from following simple safety precautions that could save their lives. Concern’s CEO, Dominic MacSorley, appealed for public support for the organisation’s work. He said:
We need to break the Ebola transmission rate by setting up isolation units, safely disposing of bodies and massively increasing public awareness. We have to prevent this disease from completely unravelling the social, economic and cultural fabric of West African society. I can’t overestimate enough the urgency of this and I'm appealing to people in Ireland to help make this critical work possible.
- Read this first-hand account from our Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor, Dom Hunt
- Read this published article from our Country Director, Alistair Short, in Liberia
- Read this article by Concern’s country director Fiona McLysaght in the Irish Examiner
- Listen to this radio report with Fiona on Morning Ireland
- Read the latest press release on our response to the Ebola crisis
- Download useful resources on Ebola from the World Health Organisation
- Read this latest update on the facts about Ebola and our response
- Learn more about our partnership with Glasnevin Trust for Ebola burials in Sierra Leone
- Learn more about our charity work in Sierra Leone and Liberia