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Emergency Ebola appeal closes

11 December 2015

A member of a Red Cross burial team gets ready to remove a body from a home in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The British Red Cross Ebola Outbreak Appeal has now closed with donations reaching nearly nine million pounds.

Funds from the appeal have proved vital in helping to fight the deadly disease in West Africa.

The outbreak began in Guinea in March 2014. Our appeal was launched in August 2014 and has raised a total of £8.8 million.

Saving lives

Donations have helped to fund Red Cross work predominately across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Activities have included:

  • Raising awareness of the disease 
  • Finding people who have come into contact with Ebola 
  • Treating patients 
  • Safely burying Ebola’s victims 
  • Working with communities and survivors to reduce stigma

Emily Balls, British Red Cross Ebola programme lead, said: “Yet again the British public has shown huge generosity in supporting people in need of our help.

“Without such support, we simply wouldn’t have been able to carry out so much life-saving work.

“Although the outbreak has been declared over in Sierra Leone, we must remain vigilant.”

The deadly disease has claimed more than 11,300 lives. Liberia had been declared free of Ebola, but three new confirmed cases were reported at the end of November.

Guinea released its last Ebola patient at the end of October. The country is now in a 42-day high surveillance period.

If no new cases are recorded during this period, the outbreak will be declared over in Guinea.

Long-term recovery

More than £1 million from our emergency appeal has been allocated towards long-term recovery work, which includes support for community health programmes.

“The outbreak has produced challenges that we have never faced before and it has devastated countless lives across West Africa,” continued Emily.

“Our attention has now turned towards helping people recover their livelihoods and ensuring communities and health systems are better prepared for outbreaks of any disease.”

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